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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tone and tradition which later signaled , no less explicitly , the transport of the
sublime . Bradstreet “ said something ” of her new country : she invented and
indulged in “ rapt senses ” of place that , later , turned into a kind of
commonsense and ...
However committed to a theory of the sublime , he often adheres to a merely “
picturesque ” tradition of association which is exactly the lower mode ( a version
of " the beautiful ” with legends and ruins thrown in ) that he advises Cole against
For Walker , however , the Philomela of American poetry , as figured in Bradstreet
' s “ Contemplations , ” emerges from the beginning as a “ women ' s tradition ” of
disempowered ambivalence ( 15 ) , entailing a separatist regime of furtive ...
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