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The Romantic Sublime

Studies in the Structure and Psychology of Transcendence

Originally published in 1976. 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.

About the Author

Thomas F. Weiskel was a professor of English at Yale University.

Endorsements

"Weiskel's attempt is itself sublime... Perhaps it will always mark one of the limits of twentieth-century criticism of the High Romantic poets."

- Harold Bloom
Johns Hopkins University Press
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