The Sublime

Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions
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Contents: Accounts of the History of the Sublime - The Idea of a Turning Point - Interpretations of the Progress - The Longinian Treatise - Longinus and the Critics - Transgression - The Expediency of Plato - Imagination - The Sublime and the Imagination - The Experience of the Sublime - Criticism of Intellectual Literature - Hobbes: Intimations of the Sublime.
The appeal of the sublime in the minds of British critics and poets during the eighteenth century holds a unique position in the history of aesthetics. At no other time has aesthetics displayed a similar interest in the experience of the sublime. This book explores the impulses behind the fascination for that experience. The Greek treatise Peri Hupsous by Longinus constitutes the earliest source for the experience of the sublime, and as such it shaped much of British eighteenth-century criticism. But the attraction of the sublime received stimulus from other sources as well. In the effort to expand the context of the sublime, the author considers the incentives provided not only by Longinus, but also by the criticism of intellectual literature during the second half of the seventeenth century; a body of criticism that was not primarily concerned with the sublime, but which nevertheless served as an important link to its subsequent appeal.
Autor: Karl Axelsson
The Author: Karl Axelsson, born 1976, holds an M.A. in Aesthetics from Uppsala University. Axelsson is a researcher in Aesthetics at the Department of Philosophy. This book is his doctoral thesis.

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Autor: Karl Axelsson
ISBN-13 :: 9783039111077
ISBN: 3039111078
Erscheinungsjahr: 13.04.2007
Verlag: Lang, Peter
Gewicht: 344g
Seiten: 235
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 223x151x17 mm
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