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Author Budick, Sanford, 1942-

Title The Western theory of tradition : terms and paradigms of the cultural sublime / Sanford Budick
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2000
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 293 pages) : illustrations
Contents Ch. 1. The Cultural Sublime: Descartes, Kant, and Rembrandt -- Ch. 2. The Present Experience of Priority: Rembrandt and Jeremiah (and Isaiah and Ezekiel) -- Ch. 3. The Second-State Self in the Scene of Victimization and Resistance: Hegel and Virgil -- Ch. 4. The Surrealism of "Respect" for Tradition: Virgil, Homer, Kant -- Ch. 5. Apostrophe in the Westering Sublime: The Matrilineal Muse of Homer, Virgil, Dryden, Pope, and T.S. Eliot -- Ch. 6. Counterperiodization and the Colloquial: Wordsworth and "the Days of Dryden and Pope" -- Ch. 7. The Reinvention of Desire: Milton's (and Ezekiel's) Sublime Melancholia -- Ch. 8. Self-Endangerment of Obliviousness in "Personal Culture": Goethe's "Manifold" Tasso
Summary "Sanford Budick reveals an operative concept of Western cultures that has been only partially understood: according to this concept, the act of freely receiving and handing on cultural tradition and the act of achieving moral and aesthetic freedom in sublime representation are the same phenomenon. This dual phenomenon Budick calls the cultural sublime, and he traces it in literary, philosophical, and artistic works from Homer, Virgil, and the Bible to Rembrandt, Milton, Kant, Baudelaire, Freud, and Sarraute."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-289) and index
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Subject Sublime, The.
Tradition (Philosophy)
Civilization, Western.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300160534 (electronic bk)
9780300160536 (electronic bk)