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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Des Pres argues for a poetry of the sublime whose terror emerges from engaging
with nuclear “ terror [ s ] beheld and resisted ” : “ The sublime , as observers like
Burke and Kant and Schopenhauer insist , arises from terror , terror beheld and ...
28 In Burke ' s Loyalist normalizing of sublime terror , premonitions of subjective
liberation in the energy of the sublime must give way to admonitions of
submission before nature , God , and the awesome / awful King . Burke ' s
Today we will count backwards : Five Four Three Two One Last is the thumb . si
The free - space of the American classroom has been infiltrated by discourse of
this naturalized sublime , draining away terror , the teacher ' s bland speech ...
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