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The Melancholic Sublime





ISBN 9780367884093
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
156 Pages

 
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This book re-examines the role of the sublime across a range of disparate cultural texts, from architecture and art, to literature, digital technology, and film, detailing a worrying trend towards nostalgia and arguing that, although the sublime has the potential to be the most powerful uniting aesthetic force, it currently spreads fear, violence, and retrospection. In exploring contemporary culture, this book touches on the role of architecture to provoke feelings of sublimity, the role of art in the aftermath of destructive events, literature’s establishment of the historical moment as a point of sublime transformation and change, and the place of nostalgia and the returning of past practices in digital culture from gaming to popular cinema.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments





Jump Number Ten





Introduction: Theorizing the Sublime





Part 1: Sublime Terror and Violence in the 21st Century





1: 9/11, Sublimity, Ruination, and the War over Architecture



The violence of Sublime Architecture



A Terrifying Nostalgia



2: the Stockhausen Syndrome & the Role of Art, Image, and Spectacle in an Age of Terror



Icarus



Attention Deficit Disorder: Contemporary Terror Attacks and Spectacle



3: The Sublime Moment in Contemporary Literature and the Nostalgia for a Lost Innocence



Foregrounding the Moment of Terror in Literature



In Search of a Lost Innocence





Part 2: The Sublime in the Digital Age and Nostalgia for the Real





4: Digital Nostalgia and the Sublime Utopias of Cyber-Space



Cyber-Utopia



Digital-Dystopia



Retro Gaming: Nostalgia and the Celebration of the Pixel



5: Sublime Special Effects in Contemporary Cinema and Nostalgia for Physical



and Mechanical Special Effects



Remaking the Past



An Uncanny Nostalgia for the Real



"Staring into those Black Eyes": Jaws and Nostalgia for the Mechanical Sublime





Conclusion: "Show me the Way to go Home": Sublime Apathy and Nostalgia





Bibliography





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Biography

Matthew Leggatt is Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Winchester, UK