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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These things ” of which Anne Bradstreet speaks to her children are the “
wondrous workes ” of nature , which present to the senses the vast and orderly
evidence for God ' s existence . Such works , moralized , provide the basis for an
... Myself ” The élan of the essential Whitman is still deeply moving in the things in
which he was himself deeply moved . . . . The good things , the superbly beautiful
and moving things , are those that he wrote naturally , with an extemporaneous ...
... the sense that the sublime aura ( registered in terror and awe ) before the
things of nature has been detechnologized , abolished in the aletheia of a
scientific enframing which rules in the Western episteme as calculus of efficiency
and force .
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