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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The sublime moment is read , teleologically , as a moment coding the
construction of an awe - struck Christian subject who finds evidence for God ' s
existence in the natural world and can act - morally and politically — upon these
For , as W . Jackson Bate explains of Addison ' s natural sublime , “ Locke ' s
sensationalist psychology had encouraged the belief that the greater the size of
the object contemplated or recalled , the greater is the feeling or thought which ...
As William Joseph Snelling claimed , evoking neo - Longinian terms of a "
greatness ” that is both natural and moral , simple yet sublime , while reviewing “
Bryant ' s Poems ” in the North American Review [ 34 ( April 1832 ) : 505 ) : The
bent of ...
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