American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - 337 Seiten
Tracing ideas of the sublime in American literature from Puritan writings to the postmodern epoch, Rob Wilson demonstrates that the North American landscape has been the ground for political as well as aesthetic transport. He takes a distinctly historical approach and explores the ways in which experiences of the American landscape instill desire for other kinds of vastness: self-expansion, national expansion, and American political power. As Wallace Stevens put it, the American will takes "dominion everywhere."
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13 The sublime remains one of those literary genres which , persisting in usage
over time as an imaginal construct — as New World dialogue between “
Americas ” past and future - permits a purchase on both diachronic / synchronic ...
... at once simple in its gestures and yet arresting in its power . ” 19 Wolf ' s “
textualizing ” approach , as his literary metaphors and mirror - stage scenario
taken from Lacan ' s Imaginary Order suggest , argue the prior and literary ( sign -
based ) ...
The rapid feedback of literary criticism into art - historical interpretations of
American sublimity , especially the Emersonian agonistics of Harold Bloom , is
apparent in Bryan J . Wolf , “ A Grammar of the Sublime , or Intertextuality
Triumphant in ...
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