Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime

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Cambridge University Press, 16.10.2003 - 304 Seiten
This study of Burke's engagement with Irish politics and culture argues that Burke's influential early writings on aesthetic are intimately connected to his political concerns. The concept of the sublime, at the heart of his aesthetic, addressed itself to the experience of terror, a spectre that haunts Burke's political imagination throughout his career. Burke's preoccupation with violence, sympathy and pain allowed him to explore the dark side of the Enlightenment. This major reassessment of a key political and cultural figure will appeal to Irish studies specialists, Political theorists and Romanticists.

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This king of terrors Edmund Burke and the aesthetics of executions
21
Philoctetes and colonial Ireland the wounded body as national narrative
39
The sympathetic sublime Edmund Burke Adam Smith and the politics of pain
83
Did Edmund Burke cause the Great Famine? Commerce culture and colonialism
121
Transquillity tinged with terror the sublime and agrarian insurgency
147
Burke and colonialism the Enlightenment and cultural diversity
166
Subtilized into savages Burke progress and primitivism
183
The return of the native the United Irishmen culture and colonialism
208
towards a postcolonial Enlightenment
230
Notes
239
Index
288
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Seite 12 - To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind.

Über den Autor (2003)

Luke Gibbons is Professor of English, and Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He has written extensively on Irish literature, the visual arts and popular culture. He is the author of Transformations in Irish Culture (1996) and The Quiet Man (2002), and co-author of Cinema and Ireland (1988).

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