Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime
Mark Canuel argues that the emphasis on beauty unwittingly reinforces, in the name of justice, the constraints of uniformity and conventionality. He calls for a more flexible and inclusive connection between aesthetics and justice, one founded on the Kantian concept of the sublime. The sublime captures the roles that asymmetry, complaint, and disagreement play in a complete understanding of a just society—a point, the author maintains, that was appreciated by a number of Romantic writers, including Mary Shelley.
Canuel draws interesting connections between the debate about beauty and justice and issues in cosmopolitanism, queer theory, and animal studies.
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"Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime remains instructive in its portrayal of the various ways that theories inevitably relapse back into what they attempt to undo. In addition, interspersed throughout the chapters, Canuel offers convincing and powerful readings of major romantic texts."—Luke Donahue, Modern Philology
"Mark Canuel's provocative, lucid, and intelligent Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime challenges the dominant critical trend in the discourse of the sublime."—The Year's Work in English Studies
"Subtly written, thought-provoking."—Steve Vine, Modern Language Review
"Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime sits at the intersection of literary studies and political theory. This alone makes it an important contribution to several interrelated discussions. This book makes a powerful argument for the importance of Romanticism in contemporary thinking."—Colin Jager, Rutgers University
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