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The Menace of the Sublime to the Individual Self

Kant, Schiller, Coleridge and the Disintegration of Romantic Identity

By (author) Linda M. Brooks
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st May 1996
Dimensions: w 159mm h 241mm d 19mm
Weight: 522g
ISBN-10: 0773487522
ISBN-13: 9780773487529
Barcode No: 9780773487529
Synopsis
This study explores theories of the sublime from Neoclassicism to the postmodern, and questions the widely accepted view of the sublime as an aesthetics that glorifies the self. It argues that the aesthetics of terror that pervaded 18th and early 19th century Europe was part of a generic movement toward the dissipation of the unity underwriting concepts of identity. Closely analyzing the divisiveness underlying the sublime in Burke's "Enquiry", Kant's third "Critique", Schiller's ten years of aesthetic essay, and Coleridge's scattered aesthetic writings, the study moves beyond leading scholars of the sublime as Thomas Weiskel, Frances Ferguson, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Neil Hertz, offering a different perspective on the sublime and our understanding of romantic identity and its relation to the postmodern self.

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