Papers solicited for a collection of essays on the current status of the sublime as a literary, aesthetic, and political category. Many new studies of the sublime have been written in the context of terror as a result of 9/11, and several recent and forthcoming works examine the historical evolution of the sublime. The aim of the collection is to investigate how the Peri Hypsos of Longinus or writings by Burke, Kant, Hegel, de Man, Lyotard, Nancy, Jameson, Badiou, and others inform the current relevance of this category. Is the sublime a “cultural dominant” in a postmodern mediascape of simulation and simulacra or rather an aesthetic “event,” in Lyotard’s sense? What are some other ways to consider the relevance of the sublime in a post-9/11 world? The volume will include essays considering any aspect of the history, theory, and politics of the sublime as well as examples from literature, art, and popular culture. Comparative approaches are welcome.
Essays should not exceed 8,000 words.
Interested contributors should send a 200-word abstract by April 30, 2010; completed papers by September 30, 2010.
Gillian B. Pierce
Division of Rhetoric
871 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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