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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Perhaps the " rhetoric of exaltation ” had to be undone , as Barnett Newman
urged American abstractionists in “ The Sublime Is Now ” ( 1948 ) , but this placed
an even greater burden on the postmodern self to live within a sublimity of utter ...
Instead , the American Scholar begins to participate in the rhetoric of cultural
empowerment , enacting an American troping of the will to spiritualize technology
and to dominate the Massachusetts wilderness . Arguing for the emergence of an
As the site of industrial transformations and social mobility , modernist America ,
however , produced a climate in which the inflationary rhetoric of poetry ' s power
to “ maintain ' the sublime ' / In the old sense ” had been brought down , leveled ...
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