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The Sublime Today

Contemporary Readings in the Aesthetic

Editor(s): Gillian B. Pierce
Contributors: Alex Blazer, Marie-Christine Clemente, Katarzyna Zimna, Rowan Wilken, Ashmita Kashnabish, Stephanie Sommerfeld,

Book Description

The Sublime Today considers contemporary applications of aesthetic philosophy and earlier theories of the sublime from Longinus, Boileau, Burke, Kant, and Hegel to current literary and cultural contexts. Today, aesthetic experience itself seems to be changing, given the rise of new media and new conditions for the viewing and the reception of works of art. How might the rhetoric of the sublime be used to both describe our current situation and help formulate constructive responses to it?

The Sublime Today collects the work of scholars in literature, film, art, and media studies and provides a forum for investigating the contemporary relevance of the sublime, both as it has been understood historically and as it has been formulated by more recent theorists such as Jameson, Lyotard, Kristeva, and others. The volume includes essays on literary readings of the sublime in Coetze, Eggers, Lahiri, and Auster; essays on film and the visual arts in the work of François Ozon and in recent participatory art; and essays on how new technologies and media, as in media representations of 9/11, re-frame our relationship to the aesthetics of the sublime, especially as they intersect with questions of gender, the postcolonial, and the uneasy politics of terror.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4189-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4189-7
Date of Publication: 01/12/2012
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £44.99


Gillian B. Pierce is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at Boston University. She is the author of Scapeland: Writing the Landscape from Diderot’s Salons to the Postmodern Museum (Rodopi 2012) and editor, with George Bornstein and Hans Walter Gabler, of Contemporary German Editorial Theory (University of Michigan Press, 1995).