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Redeemer Nation In the InterregnumAn Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation$
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William V. Spanos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268153

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268153.001.0001

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The Nothingness of Being and the Spectacle

The Nothingness of Being and the Spectacle

The American Sublime Revisited

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Nothingness of Being and the Spectacle
Redeemer Nation In the Interregnum

William V. Spanos

Fordham University Press

This chapter revisits the founding concept of the American sublime to show that, under the aegis of American exceptionalism, the enabling nothing that is intrinsic to the sublime has become an apparatus of capture that robs the spectators of their speech. It thus calls for a retrieval of the original sublime.

Keywords:   exceptionalism, the nothing (das Nichts), spectacle, sublime

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