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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Cultures of the Sublime

Selected Readings, 1750-1830

ISBN 9780230299658
Publication Date November 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This critical anthology examines the place of the sublime in the cultural history of the late eighteenth century and Romantic period. Traditionally, the sublime has been associated with impressive natural phenomena and has been identified as a narrow aesthetic or philosophical category. Cultures of the Sublime: Selected Readings, 1750-1830:

• recovers a broader context for engagements with, and writing about, the sublime
• offers a selection of texts from a wide range of ostensibly unrelated areas of knowledge which both generate and investigate sublime effects
• considers writings about mountains, money, crowds, the Gothic, the exotic and the human mind
• contextualises and supports the extracts with detailed editorial commentary.

Also featuring helpful suggestions for further reading, this is an ideal resource for anyone seeking a fresh, up-to-date assessment of the sublime.

CIAN DUFFY Reader in English Literature at St Mary's University College, UK.
PETER HOWELL Senior Lecturer in English and Programme Director at St Mary's University College, UK.

Crowds The Exotic
Suggestions for Further Reading


This wide-ranging anthology offers a fresh approach to the concept of the sublime. Looking beyond the traditional aestheticdefinitions of Longinus and Kant, the editors divide the book into six key themes connected with sublime effect: mountains, money, mind, Gothic, crowds and the exotic . . . The collection will appeal to specialists and students alike.' - Forum for Modern Language Studies
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