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Democratic Vistas

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The previous chapters examined Jeffers' construction of the American sublime under two principal aspects: as a privileged mode of access to the divine through the experience of natural grandeur, and ... More


Configuring the California Sublime

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Jeffers' devotion to constructing a California sublime, and to working out its wider implications for human experience. Jeffers' revaluation of the Kantian sublime was heavily ... More


Darwinian Redemptions

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the poetry of Jeffers. It discusses how he attempted to work out the implications of a Darwinian world from a theistic perspective, just as in his narratives he sought to find a ... More


The Sacrificial Son

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes Jeffers' depiction of the sacrificial hero. He is referred to as the sacrificial son because he is invariably male, and because his defining condition is (in the broadest sense) ... More


The Cosmological Sublime

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Jeffers' later poems. It describes how he extended the cosmological range of his Darwinian meditations, speculating about planetary formation and the origins of terrestrial ... More


Transcendental Etudes

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Emerson's influence on the poetry of Jeffers. It discusses Emerson's engagement with the sublime and then considers Jeffers' most obvious appropriation (and reworking) of ... More


Heavenly Meditations

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses how Jeffers borrowed and reshaped the characteristic literary form of Puritan expression, the meditation, as a vehicle for his verse. New England Puritanism had relatively ... More


Post Mortem

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that Jeffers' project of the sublime embraced both experience and existence in a single vision. Many streams fed into it, including Kantian idealism, its Emersonian variant, and ... More


Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Robert Zaller

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book is devoted to the major American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962). Jeffers, the best known poet of California and the American West, particularly valorized the Big Sur region, making it ... More


Jeffers’s Country

Shelley Alden Brooks

in Big Sur: The Making of a Prized California Landscape

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520294417
eISBN:
9780520967540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294417.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 1 opens with poet Robinson Jeffers’s introduction to the Big Sur landscape in 1914. Big Sur's rugged setting had long served as an obstacle to settlement or exploration, so that in the early ... More


Humanity's Place in Nature

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter investigates how Darwinism alters the perception of humanity's place in the universe. It addresses how a number of Victorian poets responded to the decentring of humanity, before homing ... More


Death

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores how poets have responded to the related question of immortality. It specifically investigates poems by three of the major poets of the Darwinian world view, George Meredith, ... More


Introduction: Framing the American Sublime

in Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775632
eISBN:
9780804781022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter sets the stage by discussing the hermeneutic of the sublime, American pragmatism, modern environmentalism, and Robinson Jeffers' Freudianism. It also sets out the book's ... More


Nature’s Highway

Shelley Alden Brooks

in Big Sur: The Making of a Prized California Landscape

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520294417
eISBN:
9780520967540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294417.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 2 examines the transformative effect of the opening of Highway 1 in 1937. This chapter argues that planning foresight positioned Big Sur to become one of the state’s best-preserved ... More


Humans and Other Animals

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on three types of animal that have played particular symbolic roles in poetry since Charles Darwin. In birds of prey, Robinson Jeffers, Ted Hughes, Richard Eberhart and others ... More


Notes on “Up at the Basin”

David J. Rothman

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

“Up at the Basin” combines an original poem with an accompanying essay. The poem springs from the author’s memory of being a young ski racer in the 1970s, and the joy of that experience at a very ... More


“The Philosophy of ‘Breaking Through’”

Katharine A. Rodger

in Breaking Through: Essays, Journals, and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247048
eISBN:
9780520932661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247048.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Edward F. Ricketts drafted and revised his essay “The Philosophy of Breaking Through” throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, often after discussions and correspondence with friends such as John ... More


Poetry in the Age of Darwin

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter argues that both the so-called eclipse of Darwinism around the turn of the last century and disputes between current evolutionists have been overplayed. It then briefly addresses the ... More


Big Sur: The Making of a Prized California Landscape

Shelley Alden Brooks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520294417
eISBN:
9780520967540
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294417.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Big Sur embodies much of what has defined California since the mid-twentieth century. A remote, inaccessible, and undeveloped pastoral landscape until 1937, Big Sur quickly became a cultural symbol ... More


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