The Art of the Sublime


1. Primary source materials
Longinus, ‘Longinus on the Sublime’, trans. by W.H. Fyfe and Donald Russell, in Jeffrey Henderson (ed.), Aristotle, Poetics; Longinus, on the Sublime; Demetrius, on Style, second edn., Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. and London 1995, pp.143–308.
2. General studies
Andrew Ashfield and Peter De Bolla (eds.), The Sublime: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1996.
Peter de Bolla, The Discourse of the Sublime: Readings in History, Aesthetics and the Subject, Basil Blackwell, Oxford 1989.
Paul Crowther, The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1991.
D. M. Gross, The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle’s “Rhetoric” to Modern Brain Science, Chicago 2006.
Samuel H. Monk, The Sublime: A Study of Critical Theories in XVIII-Century England, Ann Arbor 1960.
Simon Morley (ed.), The Sublime, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2010.
Philip Shaw, The Sublime, London 2006.
‘The Sublime and the Beautiful: Reconsiderations’, special issue of New Literary History, vol.16, no.2, 1985, pp.275–89.
2. The Baroque Sublime
John Baillie, An Essay on the Sublime, London 1747.
Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, ‘Reflexions Sur Longin’ (1693), Oeuvres De Boileau-Despréaux, D'après L'édition De 1729, Paul Brodard, Coulommiers 1908.
Thomas Burnet, Sacred Theory of the Earth (1684), Centaur Press, London 1965.
John Dennis, The Grounds of Criticism in Poetry, London 1704.
‘Longinus’, Dionysius Longinus of the Height of Eloquence, ed. and trans. by John Hall, London 1652.
‘Longinus’, Dionysius Longinus on the Sublime: Translated from the Greek, with Notes and Observations, and Some Account of the Life, Writings, and Character of the Author, ed. and trans. by William Smith, London 1739.
Jonathan Richardson, An Essay on the Theory of Painting, London 1715.
Jonathan Richardson, Two Discourses. I. An Essay on the Whole Art of Criticism as it Relates to Painting. II. An Argument in Behalf of the Science of a Connoisseur; Wherein Is Shewn the Dignity, Certainty, Pleasure, and Advantage of It, London 1719.
Jonathan Richardson, An Essay on the Theory of Painting, London 1725.
4. The Romantic Sublime
Joseph Addison, on Milton (Saturdays 5 January–3 May 1712, nos.267–369) and on ‘The Pleasures of the Imagination’ (21 June–3 July 1712, nos.411–21), in Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, The Spectator in Four Volumes (1711–14), ed. by Gregory Smith, Dent, London 1945.
Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757), ed. by A. Phillips, Oxford 1990.
Peter de Bolla, The Education of the Eye: Painting, Landscape, and Architecture in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Stanford 2003.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge’s Writings, vol.5, On the Sublime, ed. by David Vallins, Palgrave, Houndmills 2003.
Denis Diderot, ‘Vernet’, Diderot on Art, vol.2, trans. by John Goodman, Yale University Press, New Haven and London 1995, pp.86–128.
Frances Ferguson, Solitude and the Sublime: Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Individuation, Routledge, New York and London 1992.
T. Fulford, Kitson, P., Lee, D., Literature, Science, and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge, Cambridge 2004.
Tom Furniss, Edmund Burke’s Aesthetic Ideology: Language, Gender and Political Economy in Revolution, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1993.
Immanuel Kant, ‘Analytic of the Sublime’, Critique of Judgement (1790), trans. by Werner S. Pluhar, Hackett Publishing Co., Indianapolis and Cambridge 1987.
Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (1764), trans. by John Turner Goldthwait, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles 1960.
Thomas Weiskel, The Romantic Sublime: Studies in the Structure and Psychology of Transcendence, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London 1976.
Andrew Wilton, Turner and the Sublime, exhibition catalogue, British Museum, London 1980.
5. The Victorian Sublime
Knoepflmacher, U. C. and Tennyson, G. B. Nature and the Victorian Imagination, London 1977.
Marjorie Hope Nicolson, Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory: The Development of the Aesthetic of the Infinite, Washington 1959, University of Washington Press, Seattle and London (later edition 1997).
Morton D. Paley, The Apocalyptic Sublime, New Haven 1986.
Phillip Shaw,‘Waterloo and the Romantic Imagination’, London 2002.
6. The modern Sublime
Christine Battersby, The Sublime, Terror and Human Difference, Routledge, Abingdon and New York 2007.
David R. Ellison, Ethics and Aesthetics in European Modernist Literature: From the Sublime to the Uncanny, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2001.
Barnett Newman, ‘The Sublime is Now’, Tiger’s Eye, vol.1, no.6, 1948, pp.51–3.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Also sprach Zarathustra, 1883–5, many translations.
7. The contemporary Sublime
Christine Battersby, Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics, London 1989.
Bill Beckley (ed.), Sticky Sublime, Allworth Press, New York 2001.
Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973), second edn., Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York 1997.
D.B. Brown and D. Young, Mariele Neudecker: Over and Over, Again and Again, Tate St Ives, London, 2004.
Jean-François Courtine (ed.), Of the Sublime: Presence in Question, State University of New York Press, Albany 1993.
Clayton Crockett, A Theology of the Sublime, Routledge, London 2001.
Jacques Derrida, ‘Parergon’, The Truth in Painting, trans. by Geoffrey Bennington and Ian McLeod, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London 1987.
Barbara Freeman, The Feminine Sublime: Gender and Excess in Women’s Fiction, University of California Press, Berkeley and London 1995.
Luke Gibbons, Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2003.
P. Hamilton, “From Sublimity to Indeterminacy: New World Order or Aftermath of Romantic Ideology”, in Romanticism and Postmodernism, ed. Larrisey, E., Cambridge 1999.
Neil Hertz, The End of the Line: Essays on Psychoanalysis and the Sublime, Columbia University Press, New York and Guildford 1987.
W.J. Hipple, The Beautiful, the Sublime and the Picturesque in Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetic Theory, Carbondale 1957.
Fredric Jameson, ‘The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’, Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Verso, London 1991.
S. Kemal and Gaskell, I. Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts, Cambridge 1995.
Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, trans. by Leon S. Roudiez, Columbia University Press, New York 1982.
B.H. Lopez, Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape, New York 2001.
Jean-François Lyotard, The Inhuman: Reflections on Time, trans. by Geoffrey Bennington and Rachel Bowlby, Polity Press, Cambridge 1991.
Jean-François Lyotard, Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime, Stanford University Press, Stanford 1994.
Jean-François Lyotard, ‘The Sublime and the Avant-Garde’, trans. by Lisa Liebmann, Artforum, vol.22, no.8, April 1984, pp.36–43.
R. Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind 2003.
Paul De Man, Aesthetic Ideology, ed. Andrzej Warminski, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis 1996.
Catherine Maxwell, The Female Sublime From Milton to Swinburne: Bearing Blindness, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2001.
Milbank, J. “Sublimity: The Modern Transcendent”, in Transcendence: Philosophy, Literature and Theology Approach the Beyond ed. Schwartz, R., London 2004.
V. Mosco, The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power and Cyberspace, Cambridge, Mass., 1996.
H. Murakami, After the Quake, New York 2003.
Barnett Newman, ‘The Sublime is Now’, Barnett Newman: Selected Writings and Interviews, ed. by John Philip O’Neill, University of California Press, Berkeley 1990, pp.172–3.
David Nye, American Technological Sublime, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. and London 1994.
Gene Ray, Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima to September 11, Palgrave Press, New York 2005.
Robert Rosenblum, Modern Painting and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to Rothko, New York 1975.
N. Jardine, J.A. Secord, and E.C. Spray (eds.), Cultures of Natural History, Cambridge 1996.
Slavoj Žižek, The Sublime Object of Ideology, Verso, London and New York 1989.
Slavoj Žižek, The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch’s Lost Highway, University of Washington Press, Washington 2000.

How to cite

‘Bibliography’, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, January 2013,, accessed 18 April 2014.