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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A literary genre does this ( implicitly ) by foregrounding the concrete mediations
between the individual literary text and the social subtext the poem assumes —
and transforms — as a precondition of its own existence . As Fredric Jameson ...
In Livingston ' s quasi - Lockean scenario linking the private pursuit of happiness
with the social pursuit of liberty — that is , of imagined happiness as a basis for
virtuous action on a social scale - poetry can precede politics by linking the ...
ever , the critique element of the sublime as symbolic resistance to social power
cannot be elided within a vocabulary of liberal accomodation or rhetorical
perpetuity : as Adorno rephrases Kant ' s alltoo - Romantic dilemma , “ By
situating the ...
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