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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 those who remain skeptical of the sublime's mystifying power. In working to demystify the sublime, Weiskel emphasizes the task of intelligence by assigning morality and intellect the value of mistrust in sublimation.

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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Foreword
  2. Harold Bloom
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. A Personal Introduction
  2. Portia Williams Weiskel
  3. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Half Title 1
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Part One. The Sublime Moment
  1. 1. Approaching the Romantic Sublime
  2. pp. 3-33
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  1. 2. The Ethos of Alienation: Two Versions of Transcendence
  2. pp. 34-62
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  1. 3. Darkning Man: Blake’s Critique of Transcendence
  2. pp. 63-79
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  1. Part Two. The Psychology of the Sublime
  1. 4. The Logic of Terror
  2. pp. 83-106
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  1. 5. The Sublime as Romance: Two Texts from Collins
  2. pp. 107-135
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  1. 6. Absence and Identity in the Egotistical Sublime
  2. pp. 136-164
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  1. Part Three. The Liminal Sublime
  1. 7. Wordsworth and the Defile of the Word
  2. pp. 167-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-214
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421436166
Related ISBN
9781421436159
MARC Record
OCLC
1127768628
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-17
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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