publication . Thesis

The polar sublime in contemporary poetry of Arctic and Antarctic exploration.

Jackson, Andrew Buchanan.;
Open Access English
  • Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University,
  • Country: United Kingdom
In this thesis I formulate the concept of a polar sublime, building on the work of Chauncy Loomis and Francis Spufford, and use this new framework for the appraisal of contemporary polar-themed poetry. I trace the continuing presence of the Miltonic and Romantic sublimes in these poems, and suggest that Lyotard's ideas on the sublime in relation to the avant-garde are of particular relevance to lyrical expressions of indeterminacy. Expanding on Lyotard's emphasis on temporality and the sublime, I suggest that a particularly modem planetary sublime is evidenced in some of these poems, one which acknowledges the vast scales of geological time or inter-stellar spac...
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