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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... trust in vast energies of God and Capital flowing through the land , and the
national quest for literary magnitude on a world - competitive scale , Walt [ “
Walter ” ] Whitman yet seems to have sprung from some imaginal conception of
( 193 ) This bliss before technology seems better fit to incarnate Soviet realism in
the 1930s or to inaugurate a gigantic damn in North Korea . It verges euphorically
into what Leo Marx called “ the rhetoric of the technological sublime .
The hope of such cultural work , it seems to me , is that by employing the means
not of technological production but of semiotic ( re ) production , the poet can offer
symbols of discursive resistance . By destabilizing the business - as - usual ...
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