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The Romantic Sublime : Studies in the Structure and Psychology of Transcendence

Author: Thomas Weiskel
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thomas Weiskel investigates the concept of the sublime in the poetry of English Romantic writers. His work infuses elements of structuralism and psychological thought in his attempt to describe and demystify the sublime experience or, in his words, to "desublimate the sublime." In doing so, he demonstrates that the sublime is largely mystified, and he contrasts those with faith in the awesomeness of sublimation and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Weiskel
ISBN: 9781421436166 1421436167
OCLC Number: 1127768628
Notes: Open access edition supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.
The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No derivatives 4.0 International License.
Originally published as Johns Hopkins Press in 1976.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 220 pages)
Contents: pt. 1. The sublime moment --
Approaching the romantic sublime --
The ethos of alienation : two versions of transcendence --
Darkning man : Blake's critique of transcendence --
pt. 2. The psychology of the sublime --
The logic of terror --
The sublime as romance : two texts from Collins --
Absence and identity in the egotistical sublime --
pt. 3. The liminal sublime --
Wordsworth and the defile of the word.
Responsibility: Thomas Weiskel.

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In working to demystify the sublime, Weiskel emphasizes the task of intelligence by assigning morality and intellect the value of mistrust in sublimation.  Read more...

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