Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Monika Fludernik (Universität Freiburg)
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The sublime is one of the key concepts in eighteenth-century and Romantic aesthetics. The term derives from the anonymous treatise Peri hypsous, long thought to have been composed by Longinus, in which rhetorical effects of the sublime are described in detail. The English and French lexeme sublime also has its roots in the rhetorical tradition, in the distinction of stilus sublimus versus stilus humilis. In neoclassical poetics this influential distinction between a ‘high style’ for tragedy and a ‘low style’ for comedy may have fed into the choice of vocabulary for the seventeenth-century translations of Pseudo-Longinus into French (trans. Boileau, 1674) and English (trans. …

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Citation: Fludernik, Monika. "Sublime". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 November 2001; last revised 04 September 2023. [, accessed 04 October 2023.]

1070 Sublime 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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