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 well in the “ hyperspace " of New York City skyscrapers which panicked
Henry James in The American Scene . This idealist life of the American mind
must endure historical deformations into Hiroshima and beyond , surely , yet
Perry Miller ...
or infinitude , to use the sublime example , came initially from contemplation of
his manifest attributes ; but this impression was compounded to maximal
extension , at which point the mind balked in an experience of awe . For , as W .
From the sensuous experience of the finite and natural , then , the lonely mind
can arrive at an idea of God as that which is properly " inexhaustible and
incomprehensible , " as Locke ( like many sublime poets ) must inevitably admit .
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