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

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Cambridge University Press, 2003年10月16日 - 304 頁
This pioneering study of Burke's engagement with Irish politics and culture argues that Burke's influential early writings on aesthetics are intimately connected to his lifelong political concerns. The concept of the sublime, which lay at the heart of his aesthetics, addressed itself primarily to the experience of terror, and it is this spectre that haunts Burke's political imagination throughout his career. Luke Gibbons argues that this found expression in his preoccupation with political terror, whether in colonial Ireland and India, or revolutionary America and France. Burke's preoccupation with violence, sympathy and pain allowed him to explore the dark side of the Enlightenment, but from a position no less committed to the plight of the oppressed, and to political emancipation. This major reassessment of a key political and cultural figure will appeal to Irish studies and Post-Colonial 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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第 12 頁 - 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.

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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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