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En-Gendering the Sublime: Aesthetics and Politics in the Eighteenth Century
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Swedish Studies and Comparative Literature. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 22, no 1, 20-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this essay I expand on the analysis of the en-gendered sublime, an aesthetic concept of political consequence used in the eighteenth century. In a discussion of the initial phase of modern aesthetics I will present Immanuel Kants opinions on the sublimes ennobling effect as having solely male connotations. This, I argue, became an important part of the construction of a new notion of citizenship on the basis of nationality and as an exclusively male domain. Furthermore, I will claim that conceptions of the bad sublime, as expressed by thinkers such as Edmund Burke, made up another side of this ennobling sublimity coin, which was the politically provocative defined in female terms. Aesthetics has obviously walked hand-in-hand with politics ever since Platos Republic, and the concept of the sublime only make up a small part of this complex union-but undeniably a rather interesting one.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 22, no 1, 20-32 p.
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110545DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2013.860190ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84894540503OAI: diva2:746663
Available from: 2014-09-14 Created: 2014-09-12 Last updated: 2014-09-14

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