The Picturesque and the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1998 M07 16 - 225 páginas
Glickman argues that early immigrants to Canada brought with them the expectation that nature would be grand, mysterious, awesome - even terrifying - and welcomed scenes that conformed to these notions of sublimity. She contends that to interpret their descriptions of nature as "negative," as so many critics have done, is a significant misunderstanding. Glickman provides close readings of several important works, including Susanna Moodie's "Enthusiasm," Charles G.D. Roberts's Ave, and Paulette Jiles's "Song to the Rising Sun," and explores the poems in the context of theories of nature and art. Instead of projecting backward from a modernist perspective, Glickman reads forward from the discovery of landscape as a legitimate artistic subject in seventeenth-century England and argues that picturesque modes of description, and a sublime aesthetic, have governed much of the representation of nature in this country.

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An Introductory Ramble through the Picturesque and the Sublime
3
Abrams Plain and Quebec Hill in Context
20
Notes on the Canadian Sublime
38
The Waxing and Waning of Susanna Moodies Enthusiasm
60
Wordsworth Shelley and Charles GD Roberts Ave
81
New Provinces? or In Acadia No Ego
103
Song to the Rising Sun
128
Notes
155
Index
207
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