Often labelled as ‘indescribable’, the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. Usually related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines. Offering historical overviews and explanations, Philip Shaw looks at:
This remarkably clear study of what is, in essence, a term which evades definition, is essential reading for students of literature, critical and cultural theory.
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Philip Shaw is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Leicester.Review:
Easily the most informative and wide-ranging series of its kind, so packed with bright ideas that it has become and indispensable resource for students of literature.
–Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester, UK
The New Critical Idiom is a constant resource, essential reading for all students.
–Tom Paulin, University of Oxford, UK
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