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The challenge of the sublime: From Burke's Philosophical Enquiry to British Romantic art

Hélène Ibata


The challenge of the sublime argues that the unprecedented visual inventiveness of the Romantic period in Britain could be seen as a response to theories of the sublime, more specifically to Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757). While it is widely accepted that the Enquiry contributed to shaping the thematics of terror that became fashionable in British art from the 1770s, this book contends that its influence was of even greater consequence, paradoxically because of Burke’s conviction that the visual arts were incapable of conve ... More

Keywords: Sublime, Edmund Burke, Romanticism, Visual media, Aesthetics, Representation, Artistic process, Unpresentable

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526117397
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526117397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hélène Ibata, author
Professor of English and Visual Studies at the University of Strasbourg