The transformation of the sublime: philosophical, visual, digital and beyond

Butcher, Riky (2014) The transformation of the sublime: philosophical, visual, digital and beyond. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The sublime, the concept of incomprehensible grandeur. An image encompassing a plethora of mixed emotions, from intense beauty and wonderment to the crippling fear of the unknown. The idea of the sublime has existed for centuries, and its influence has at times reigned over certain literary, artistic and social movements. Though it would be safe to suggest that over the years, the concept of the sublime has lost a lot of its impact, and it is no longer regarded in the way in once was. But why is this? To view the sublime today is something that is arguably accessible to most, though the sublime experience itself may require certain attributes, such as social status or hierarchy. However, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that the sublime has always been linked with social status and the class system in one way or another. So what was it that brought about this change?
    This dissertation intends to investigate the concept of ‘The Sublime’, and then pose questions as to whether it still exists today, and if it does, then how has it changed? Has concept of the sublime transformed since its inception? It will look at the interpretations of the sublime throughout a range of eras and time periods, focusing particularly on Ancient Greek interpretations, before moving on to the Romantic era and Edmund Burke’s theory of sublimity and then through the centuries that follow up until the modern, and postmodern era, to formulate a conclusion as to whether the concept is still alive today, and if so, where and what form does it take?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 11:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15201

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