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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sublime , it seems to me ; that is , a poem trying to use the landscape to invoke an
anxious , empowering source of the poet ' s selfexpansion , as Bryant remembers
past associations of history , ruins , Indians who once inhabited this vast space ...
Wallace Stevens Whitman ' s “ Vast Egotism ” : “ One Vast Democracy ” As A
SONG of “ vast egotism ” in which the “ poetic idea ” of continental America as
well as the “ antipoetic ” materiality of daily life could , to invoke Tocqueville ' s
The experience of the Romantic sublime subjected this self - preserving stranger
to puniness and ( seeming ) emptiness before vast space . These shifting forces
rendered the subject conscious not only of moral grandeur but of his or her ...
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