CFP: [18th] Pre-Romantic Sublime

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Teresa Saxton
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Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS)
Auburn University
14-17 February 2008

Longinus’s treatise “On the Sublime” circulated Great Britain in at least a
dozen Latin or translated texts between 1710 and 1770; this interest in
Longinus’s work marked a trend in aesthetic theory and reshaped discourses
on taste. While the effect of Longinus’s theories have been tracked in the
history of philosophical thought by Peter de Bolla and Samuel Monk, most
critical work on the sublime turns quickly to Kant’s treatises and the
literary work of Wordsworth and Coleridge. I wish to explore both deeper
and broader implication of the sublime in the pre-Romantic
eighteenth-century: How did theories of the sublime affect artistic
creation? What was the relationship between God and the sublime? How did
the sublime fit into discourses of nature and science? And how did
discourses of freedom interpolate the sublime?

This panel seeks to answer these questions concerning the influence the
sublime had on aesthetic, political, and cultural thought. To this end, I
invite proposals that address any aspect of the sublime in either literary
or cultural life in Britain or America before the Romantic period. Please
send 500-word abstracts to Teresa Saxton at by October 1.

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