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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25 Transport occurs as a movement , in “ Song of Myself , ” from a commonplace
wonder , through threats of ... to a newly earned “ positive wonder , ” as outlined
in a prose note which Whitman transformed into the music - induced ecstasy of ...
( 56 ) Whitman ' s positive wonder confirms reigning nineteenth - century
American conceptions of the sublime as a mood of sacred suasion and moral
bliss — as in Bryant , or Longfellow ' s “ Excelsior ” — which commonly reclaimed
horror and ...
This occurs in a transport contrarily marked with terror at the loss of ordinary
selfhood and wonder at the promise of expanded being . The poet becomes , in
Stevens ' s phrasing , that noble rider of imaginative outreach for whom an ...
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