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Originally published in 1976. In The Romantic Sublime 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. 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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