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Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant

Kevin McLaughlin


This book provides a study of linguistic force and its influence on poetry in the nineteenth century. The idea of poetic force can be traced ultimately to a thesis implicit in Kantian philosophy: that of an a priori capacity of language to free itself from having empirical content. This linguistic capacity, which is derived indirectly from a cognitive incapacity occasioned by spectacles of dynamic sublimity, emerges as a key motif or theme in Kant's thinking. But the very ability to communicate or produce the feeling of this force of language is also accompanied by an unforce that must be felt ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, force, power, poetry, literary theory, nineteenth-century literature

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791007
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin McLaughlin, author
Brown University

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