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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( 211 – 12 ) Nourished by “ feeling knowledge ” of sensible objects in
Massachusetts ( such as elms , river , rocks , and fish ) ... consciousness to
ascend with , if not as , the female nightingale , becoming a sensible object at
once of celestial spirit ...
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 often in Romantic poetics , the sublime object of materiality is overcome by
this change in perspective ( trope ) . For example , when confronting “ agitated
forces of nature ” at sea or in the mountains , by a waterfall or near lightning , the
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