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Sublime

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415268486
  • ISBN: 0415268486
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Routledge

AUTHOR

Shaw, Philip

SUMMARY

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.Shaw, Philip is the author of 'Sublime ', published 2005 under ISBN 9780415268486 and ISBN 0415268486.

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