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The Sublime Today by Gillian B. Pierce

Title The Sublime Today
Author Gillian B. Pierce
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release Date 2013-01-04
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 225
ISBN 9781443845151
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Sublime Today considers contemporary applications of aesthetic philosophy and earlier theories of the sublime from Longinus, Boileau, Burke, Kant, and Hegel to current literary and cultural contexts. Today, aesthetic experience itself seems to be changing, given the rise of new media and new conditions for the viewing and the reception of works of art. How might the rhetoric of the sublime be used to both describe our current situation and help formulate constructive responses to it? The Sublime Today collects the work of scholars in literature, film, art, and media studies and provides a forum for investigating the contemporary relevance of the sublime, both as it has been understood historically and as it has been formulated by more recent theorists such as Jameson, Lyotard, Kristeva, and others. The volume includes essays on literary readings of the sublime in Coetze, Eggers, Lahiri, and Auster; essays on film and the visual arts in the work of François Ozon and in recent participatory art; and essays on how new technologies and media, as in media representations of 9/11, re-frame our relationship to the aesthetics of the sublime, especially as they intersect with questions of gender, the postcolonial, and the uneasy politics of terror.

Title The Sublime in Modern Philosophy
Author Emily Brady
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2013-08-12
Category Art
Total Pages 227
ISBN 9780521194143
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A philosophical study of the sublime from the height of its popularity to its renewed importance as a form of appreciating and valuing nature.

Title Of the Sublime Presence in Question
Author Anonim
Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date 2021
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 255
ISBN 9781438410821
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Today, the sublime has again become the focus of sustained reconsideration, but now for its epistemological and ontological—or presentational—aspects. As an unmasterable excess of beauty, the sublime marks the limits of representational thinking. These essays will be indispensable reading for anyone whose work is concerned with the sublime or, more generally, with the limits of representation, including philosophers, literary scholars and art historians.

Title The Sublime in Modern Philosophy
Author Emily Brady
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2013-08-12
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781107276260
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature, Emily Brady takes a fresh look at the sublime and shows why it endures as a meaningful concept in contemporary philosophy. In a reassessment of historical approaches, the first part of the book identifies the scope and value of the sublime in eighteenth-century philosophy (with a focus on Kant), nineteenth-century philosophy and Romanticism, and early wilderness aesthetics. The second part examines the sublime's contemporary significance through its relationship to the arts; its position with respect to other aesthetic categories involving mixed or negative emotions, such as tragedy; and its place in environmental aesthetics and ethics. Far from being an outmoded concept, Brady argues that the sublime is a distinctive aesthetic category which reveals an important, if sometimes challenging, aesthetic-moral relationship with the natural world.

The Possibility Of The Sublime by Lars Aagaard-Mogensen

Title The Possibility of the Sublime
Author Lars Aagaard-Mogensen
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release Date 2018-04-18
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 126
ISBN 9781527510302
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The notion of the sublime, used to describe a particular kind of overwhelming or exhilarating aesthetic experience, has garnered a great deal of attention by philosophers, critical theorists and literary scholars. In the midst of this growing body of literature, Professor Jane Forsey published an article asking whether an aesthetic theory of the sublime is even possible, and argued provocatively in the negative. Claiming that efforts to explain the sublime inevitably result in theories that are either contradictory or incoherent, Forsey posed a challenge to anyone who takes the sublime seriously as an aesthetic category. This volume brings together an international slate of philosophers and scholars of the sublime, who have been invited to respond to, and critically engage with, Forsey’s article. Unlike other monographs and anthologies that deal broadly with the sublime in aesthetics, this collection examines specific conceptual problems with the very foundations of sublime theory in a manner that is tightly focused and rigorous. It represents a variety of approaches that defend the sublime, and concludes with an original response by Professor Forsey to her critics.

Resounding The Sublime by Miranda Eva Stanyon

Title Resounding the Sublime
Author Miranda Eva Stanyon
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date 2021-05-07
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780812299564
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What does the sublime sound like? Harmonious, discordant, noisy, rustling, silent? Miranda Eva Stanyon rereads and resounds this crucial aesthetic category in English and German literatures of the long eighteenth century from a musical perspective and shows how sonorous sublimes lay at the heart of a central and transformative discourse. For Enlightenment and Romantic era listeners, the musical sublime represented a sonic encounter of the most extreme kind, one that tested what humans were capable of feeling, imagining, thinking, and therefore becoming. The sublime and music have not always sung from the same hymn sheet, Stanyon observes. She charts an antagonistic intimacy between the two, from the sublime's rise to prominence in the later seventeenth century, through the upheavals associated with Kant in the late eighteenth century, and their reverberations in the nineteenth. Offering readings of canonical texts by Longinus, Dryden, Burke, Klopstock, Herder, Coleridge, De Quincey, and others alongside lesser-known figures, she shows how the literary sublime was inextricable from musical culture, from folksongs and ballads to psalmody, polychoral sacred music, and opera. Deeply interdisciplinary, Resounding the Sublime draws literature into dialogue with sound studies, musicology, and intellectual and cultural history to offer new perspectives on the sublime as a phenomenon which crossed media, disciplines, and cultures. An interdisciplinary study of sound in history, the book recovers varieties of the sublime crucial for understanding both the period it covers and the genealogy of modern and postmodern aesthetic discourses. In resounding the sublime, Stanyon reveals a phenomenon which was always already resonant. The sublime emerges not only as the aesthetic of the violently powerful, a-rational, or unrepresentable, but as a variegated discourse with competing dissonant, harmonious, rustling, noisy, and silent strains, one in which music and sound illustrate deep divisions over issues of power, reason, and representation.

The Sublime In Antiquity by James I. Porter

Title The Sublime in Antiquity
Author James I. Porter
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2016-02-15
Category History
Total Pages 736
ISBN 9781107037472
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Detailed new account of the historical emergence and conceptual reach of the sublime both before and after Longinus.

Of The Sublime Presence In Question by Jean-François Courtine

Title Of the Sublime Presence in Question
Author Jean-François Courtine
Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date 1993-01-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 255
ISBN 0791413799
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Today, the sublime has again become the focus of sustained reconsideration, but now for its epistemological and ontological--or presentational--aspects. As an unmasterable excess of beauty, the sublime marks the limits of representational thinking. These essays will be indispensable reading for anyone whose work is concerned with the sublime or, more generally, with the limits of representation, including philosophers, literary scholars and art historians.

The Sublime by Philip Shaw

Title The Sublime
Author Philip Shaw
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2007-01-24
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 184
ISBN 9781134493180
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Often labelled as ‘indescribable’, the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. Usually related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines. Offering historical overviews and explanations, Philip Shaw looks at: the legacy of the earliest, classical theories of the sublime through the romantic to the postmodern and avant-garde sublimity the major theorists of the sublime such as Kant, Burke, Lyotard, Derrida, Lacan and Zizek, offering critical introductions to each the significance of the concept through a range of literary readings including the Old and New testaments, Homer, Milton and writing from the romantic era how the concept of the sublime has affected other art forms such as painting and film, from abstract expressionism to David Lynch’s neo-noir. This remarkably clear study of what is, in essence, a term which evades definition, is essential reading for students of literature, critical and cultural theory.

The Sublime Reader by Robert R. Clewis

Title The Sublime Reader
Author Robert R. Clewis
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2018-11-29
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 456
ISBN 9781350030176
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the first English-language anthology to provide a compendium of primary source material on the sublime. The book takes a chronological approach, covering the earliest ancient traditions up through the early and late modern periods and into contemporary theory. It takes an inclusive, interdisciplinary approach to this key concept in aesthetics and criticism, representing voices and traditions that have often been excluded. As such, it will be of use and interest across the humanities and allied disciplines, from art criticism and literary theory, to gender and cultural studies and environmental philosophy. The anthology includes brief introductions to each selection, reading or discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, a bibliography and index – making it an ideal text for building a course around or for further study. The book's apparatus provides valuable context for exploring the history and contemporary views of the sublime.

Beauty And The Contemporary Sublime by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

Title Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime
Author Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe
Publisher Allworth Press
Release Date 1999-12
Category Art
Total Pages 155
ISBN UOM:39015042592462
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book offers an unpredictable, humorous, and politically unconstrained perspective on today's heated debates about the meaning and role of beauty in art and contemporary society.

Handel And The Sublime by Andrew Shryock

Title Handel and the Sublime
Author Andrew Shryock
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2012
Category
Total Pages 548
ISBN OCLC:947857106
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Abstract: The sublime represented the height of musical achievement in mid-eighteenth-century England. It stretched the imagination and overwhelmed the mind with astonishing depictions, shocking imagery, and evocations of the infinite. Yet sweeping applications of the term sublime thwarted attempts at a logical and consistent definition in the eighteenth century and continue to discourage modern scholarly inquiries into this marker of musical excellence.This dissertation redresses the matter by examining the sublime in four oratorios composed by George Frideric Handel and premiered in the mid-1740s: Samson (1743), Semele (1744), Belshazzar (1745), and Judas Maccaboeus (1747). I correlate musical examples regarded as sublime with the contemporary usage of the term drawn from a survey of poems, novels, treatises, periodicals, literary and musical criticism, correspondence, and other primary sources. The image that emerges reveals that Handel, his librettists, and his audiences frequently agreed on what constituted the sublime, and even distinguished among classes of sublimity. I identify four sublime types--rhetorical, religious, choral, and ineffable--and dedicate a chapter to each.Handel and his librettists employed a range of literary and musical devices to elicit praise for the sublime quality of the oratorios. Librettists altered literary models through spotlighting astonishing and shocking passages, excising irrelevant descriptions, and modifying stage directions and scene descriptions. They also added content when source texts lacked sufficient sublimity, interpolating selections from other works and introducing original material. Autograph scores and revisions reveal that Handel responded to their adaptations. His repertoire of sublime gestures comprises frenetic passagework, choral outbursts, martial themes, and an array of melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, textural, and timbral devices.In sum, this dissertation illuminates the art of adapting literary content for oratorio setting. It provides a fuller perspective of Handel's compositional style, recasting the composer as a figure attuned to the sublime potential of both music and literature, and reveals the composer's coherent (albeit wide-ranging) conception of the musical sublime. More broadly, the project elucidates the sublime in its formative age, when it assumed a central place within musical aesthetics and fortified an oratorio performance tradition that continues today.

Title Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory
Author G. Ray
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2005-09-02
Category Art
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9781403979445
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The eleven interconnected essays of this book penetrate the dense historical knots binding terror, power and the aesthetic sublime and bring the results to bear on the trauma of September 11 and the subsequent War on Terror. Through rigorous critical studies of major works of post-1945 and contemporary culture, the book traces transformations in art and critical theory in the aftermath of Auschwitz and Hiroshima. Critically engaging with the work of continental philosophers, Theodor W. Adorno, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Francois Lyotard and of contemporary artists Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, and Boaz Arad, the book confronts the shared cultural conditions that made Auschwitz and Hiroshima possible and offers searching meditations on the structure and meaning of the traumatic historical 'event'. Ray argues that globalization cannot be separated from the collective tasks of working through historical genocide. He provocatively concludes that the current US-led War on Terror must be grasped as a globalized inability to mourn.

Title The Poetics of the Kunstlerinroman and the Aesthetics of the Sublime
Author Evy Varsamopoulou
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2018-02-06
Category Social Science
Total Pages 294
ISBN 9781351726542
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This title was first published in 2002: This study of the poetics of the Romantic K nstlerinroman (female artist novel) brings to the foreground its salient metafictional discourse on the aesthetics of the sublime, ever since its beginnings in Madame de Sta l's "Corinne ou L'Italie". The book presents detailed readings of H.D.'s "Palimpsest", Christa Wolf's "Nachdenken ber Christa T." and Marguerite Duras' "L'Amant" in a dialogue with Kant, Freud, Lacan, Cixous, Derrida and other philosophers, theorists, literary critics and writers. Each novel is explored in terms of its generic affiliations, its reflections on the role of literature and the writer in society and its aesthetic discourse on the sublime. The book stages an inquiry into the relation between genre, the sublime, gender and literary history from which emerge insights into the conditions of subjectivity underlying the experience and communication of the sublime.

Title The Sublime of the Political
Author Dean Caivano
Publisher transcript Verlag
Release Date 2021-06-30
Category Political Science
Total Pages 162
ISBN 9783839447727
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In an age of immediate and global exchange of information, the ability to theorize about political conditions remains largely an elite, technocratic, and esoteric enterprise. In this timely intervention, Dean Caivano and Sarah Naumes argue that storytelling in the form of narrative and autoethnography creates an emancipatory potential through its ability to theorize from below, welcoming marginalized and excluded voices. Drawing from the disciplines of political studies, philosophy and literary studies, this volume offers a new assessment of political texts through the lens of the sublime as a fertile terrain to challenge who can write and disseminate political ideas - and how.

The Political Sublime by Michael J. Shapiro

Title The Political Sublime
Author Michael J. Shapiro
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2018-03-09
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780822372059
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In The Political Sublime Michael J. Shapiro formulates an original politics of aesthetics through an analysis of the experience of the sublime. Turning away from Kant's analysis of the sublime experience as a validation of the existence of a universal common sense, Shapiro draws on Deleuze, Lyotard, and Rancière to show how incomprehensible events and dilemmas provide openings for new political formations. He approaches the sublime through a range of artistic and cultural texts that address social crises and natural disasters, from the writing of James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates to the films of Ingmar Bergman and Spike Lee; these works suggest ways to channel the disruptive effects of the sublime into resistance to authority and innovative political initiative. Whether stemming from the threat of nuclear annihilation or the aftermath of an earthquake, the violence of racism and terrorism or the devastation of industrialism, sublime experience, Shapiro contends, allows for a rethinking of events in ways that reveal, redistribute, and create conditions of possibility for alternative communities of sense.

Title Gender and the Intersubjective Sublime in Faulkner Forster Lawrence and Woolf
Author Erin Speese
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2017-09-22
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 166
ISBN 9781317130383
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Exploring how the modern novel's complex depictions of parenthood restructure traditional conceptions of the Romantic sublime, Erin K. Johns Speese shows how William Faulkner, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf use related strategies to rewrite the traditional sublime as an intersubjective experience. Speese shows that this reframing depends on the recognition of social objectification and an ethics of reciprocal empathy between mothers and fathers. She juxtaposes traditional aesthetics and Slavoj Žižek’s concept of the sublime object of ideology with recent theoretical work regarding identity, arguing that these modern novelists construct what she terms a "sublime subject," that is, a person who functions in the space of the traditional sublime object. In revealing the possibility of transcendent emotional connection over reason, these novelists critique the objectification of the other in favor of a sublime experience that reveals the subject-shattering power of empathy.

The Sublime by Lap-Chuen Tsang

Title The Sublime
Author Lap-Chuen Tsang
Publisher University Rochester Press
Release Date 1998
Category History
Total Pages 177
ISBN 1580460275
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is a work of quite unusual philosophical interest, original and deeply insightful. Dr Tsang argues on the one hand, that sublimity is not a property of objects regarded as sublime, but belongs to our construal of objects, while on the other he also argues that when we so construe an object we are giving expression to some limit to our life, not an external barrier, but a limit internal to it. But what lies at the limit cannot be represented. So the sublime can be evolved by language, but not represented in it. This leads Dr Tsang on to a philosophical analysis of evocation and of the evocative possibilities of a sublime object. What he says about evocation presupposes and requires for its completion an account of how affective elements are involved in the experience of the sublime and what he claims here is that there is no one feeling or type of feeling involved in the experience of the sublime, but that a wide range of different feelings may be involved on different occasions. The quality of the feeling is closely bound up with the character of the experience of the sublime as a limit-experience. Finally Dr Tsang considers the cultural and social context of experiences of the sublime, both what is universally recognized as sublime, because bound up with the general conditions of human life, and what is specific to particular cultural and social contexts. He then moves to the conclusion to examine the relaitonship of the sublime to human willing. As a postscript there is an excellent treatment of Kant's theory of the sublime.

Title Dionysius Longinus On the Sublime
Author Longinus
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1743
Category Authors, Greek
Total Pages 189
ISBN OSU:32435013381975
Language English, Spanish, and French
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