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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The aesthetic of the sublime , as a trope haunting the will to any distinctly
American sensibility , was increasingly ... the production of sublime excess
seemed to have a continuing claim on the tropes and terms of the native psyche ,
at least ...
recognized poets of the sublime mode : poets such as Anne Bradstreet , William
Livingston , and William Cullen Bryant , whose discourse was no less haunted by
the grandeur of nature and country as tropes of sublimity empowering solitary ...
As poetry refracts this modernist will to mastery over nature , hyper - technologies
, vast space , if not the globe itself , the poet invokes tropes of the Romantic
sublime as if to undo this environment through “ oracular notations of the wild .
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