Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

in Musically Sublime

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230631
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235452 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter sets out the book's main argument that, in contemporary debates on instrumental music and the sublime, the undecidability ascribed to the former comes to destabilize the course of the “legitimate” sublime: the failsafe passage from one state (tension) into another (release) is undermined in an unresolved affective double bind. Before elaborating on this affective double bind, it considers the “procedure” of the legitimate sublime feeling closely using Kant's analytic of the sublime in the Critique of Judgment, which is considered the most instructive in this respect. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: instrumental music; sublime; Kant; Critique of Judgment; tension; release

Chapter.  9353 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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