236 pages | 21 B/W Illus.
In the course of its long and tumultuous history the sublime has alternated between spatial and temporal definitions, from its conceptualization in terms of the grandeur and infinity of Nature (spatial), to its postmodern redefinition as an "event" (temporal), from its conceptualization in terms of our failure to "cognitively map" the decentered global network of capital or the rhizomatic structure of the postmetropolis (spatial), to its neurophenomenological redefinition in terms of the new temporality of presence produced by network/real time (temporal). This volume explores the place of the sublime in contemporary culture and the aesthetic, cultural, and political values coded in it. It offers a map of the contemporary sublime in terms of the limits—cinematic, cognitive, neurophysiological, technological, or environmental—of representation.
"This collection brings the sublime back to where it belongs, the centre of modern critical thinking in fields that are much broader than that of philosophy and art history. It helps understand why we need the sublime as a transdisciplinary toolset that brings together issues of ecocriticism, posthumanism, cultural policy, and digital culture." --Jan Baetens, University of Leuven
Event That Cannot (Not) Happen
2. Sublimity and the Dialectic of Horror and Spirituality
3. The Popular Sublime and the Notional Sublime
4. Of Fake and Real Sublimes
5. ‘Black and Glittering’: The Inscrutable Sublime
6. Uncertainty Prone to Vulgarity
7. Recentering The Sublime: Cognitive and Neuropsychological Approaches
8. Flow, Freedom, and the Gamified Sublime
9. The Ambiguity Effects of the Techno-Sublime
10. From Diagrams to Deities: Evoking the Cosmological Sublime
11. Feeling Not at Home in the 21st Century World: The Sublime in Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics
12. The Sublime in Environmental Photography
13. Magnificent Disasters: Sublime Landscapes in Post-Millennial Cinema
14. Psychedelia and the History of the Chemical Sublime
15. The Birds and the Bees: The Gendering of the Sublime
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