The Americanization of the sublime: Washington Allston and Thomas Cole as theorists of American art

Marek Wilczyński


The idea of the sublime, borrowed by the painter Washington Allston from Joshua Reynolds and—through S. T. Coleridge—possibly also from Kant, at the beginning of the nineteenth century in the United States still had mostly European connotations. Both as a theorist of art and a poet, Allston explicitly pledged his cultural allegiance to Great Britain. It was paradoxically Thomas Cole, a British-born immigrant, who was the first to associate a much less strictly defined concept of the sublime with the American landscape of the Catskills, thus initiating the discourse of the US cultural nationalism both in his diary and essays related to painting, and poetry.
Author Marek Wilczyński (FL / IEAS)
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- Institute of English and American Studies
Journal seriesPolish Journal for American Studies, ISSN 1733-9154, (B 8 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishsublime, aesthetics, culture, nationalism, nature, landscape
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Other open licence; with publication
Score (nominal)8
ScoreMinisterial score = 8.0, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 8.0, ArticleFromJournal
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