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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I build up the house again in memory of empty space This occurs to me about
empty space that it is never to be mentioned again . . . 18 Like a conjured
cosmogony , Waldman ' s poem moves from proclaiming a quasi - Buddhist
emptiness and ...
14 Objects of ed so great , or seed , let us multendIf God can fill the immensity of
natural space , He yet remains beyond felt space or any astronomical mapping of
it . However , by the mind ' s enlarging upon its very idea of natural space as ...
The self stands alone in nature , alone with America ( as Richard Howard
spookily troped the poetic vocation here ) , 13 like the solitary thrush or a
traumatized child confronting undefined space . Crossing into the sublime , the
mind is filled ...
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