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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... as a way of representing the “ real life - process ” and “ the unceasing
sensuous labor and creation ” through which countless anonymous Americans
have produced a relationship of material mastery over their New World
Like a watered - down and cheerier Wordsworth , then , Bryant domesticated the
material of this natural sublime . He made vastness and wildness resonate with
pious and national purposes . A sense of material and westward expansion had ...
S Volcano ( as in Matthew Arnold ) , ocean ( as in Whitman ) , mountain and rock
( as in Robinson Jeffers at Big Sur ) still serve Stevens as recurring images of the
material sublime as a premonitory force enabling fresh signification , “ new ...
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