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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One beholds the American sublime , quite circularly then , by beholding “
America ” as the site and subject of sublime production . Can a cultural
community distinguish itself or long survive without positing such a set of self -
enabling fictions ?
behold the American sublime , except as a function of one ' s historical
positioning as an American who wills the ongoing ... What I mean by positing and
, later , pluralizing the American sublime as a poetic genre should become clear
from the ...
In “ Answering the Question : What Is Postmodernism ? ” , the postmodern
sublime of art turns upon this deformative intuition of indeterminacy and semiotic
play , positing a wild art destabilizing and decreating normative productions of “
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