The Opus Maximum and Coleridge’s Sublime
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In his groundbreaking study in 1976, Thomas Weiskel announced the death of “the Romantic sublime” and the need for a “ ‘realist’ or psychological account” of the sublime, “purged” of “idealist metaphysics” (5–6, 23). Only a decade or so later, Jean-Luc Nancy opened his essay, “Of the Sublime Offering” with the comment, “The sublime is in fashion” (25, quoted in Rosiek 1). Still, two decades after Weiskel, Mark Cheetham echoed Jean-François Lyotard in observing “how the notion of the sublime,” including its “revelatory power,” nonetheless “continues to absorb and astonish contemporary theorists.” There is “the oddity—even the anachronism—of the remarkable contemporary interest in this discourse” (Cheetham 349).
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