Coda: The Sublime, Intermedially Speaking

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:
Coda: The Sublime, Intermedially Speaking

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This chapter argues that the sublime feeling can be thought as a paradoxical mix of intensities. If the sublime signals an irremediable rupture it is never a rupture “on its own” but a rupture that is inextricably intertwined with the forms, bounds, and contexts conditioning the possibility of experience violated by it: the sublime may break through the mediating, narrative networks of experience, but it is always and already within the context of these mediations that the sublime can manifest itself as break or rupture. It needs and is interlocked with that which it does violence to—and it is perhaps due to this very interlocking that the sublime feeling can, in the end, not be a neatly structured experience of beginning-middle-ending but rather one of “mad” simultaneity. The sublime feeling as the book has attempted to rewrite “musically” is, very strictly speaking, not a feeling or an emotion but precisely an affect that hovers in an undecidable, in-between space.

Keywords: music; sublime; experience; feeling; intensities; conditioning

Chapter.  1713 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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