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

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

by Luke Gibbons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521100941

ISBN-13: 9780521100946

Pub. Date: 02/05/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The pioneering study of Edmund Burke's engagement with Irish politics and culture argues that Burke's influential early writings on aesthetics and 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…  See more details below

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The pioneering study of Edmund Burke's engagement with Irish politics and culture argues that Burke's influential early writings on aesthetics and 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 anxious aesthetics 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 postcolonial specialists, political theorists and students of Romanticism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521100946
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Edmund Burke, Ireland, and the colonial sublime1
1'The king of terrors': Edmund Burke and the aesthetics of executions21
2'Philoctetes' and colonial Ireland: the wounded body as national narrative39
3The sympathetic sublime: Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and the politics of pain83
4Did Edmund Burke cause the Great Famine? Commerce, culture, and colonialism121
5'Tranquillity tinged with terror': the sublime and agrarian insurgency147
6Burke and colonialism: the Enlightenment and cultural diversity166
7'Subtilized into savages': Burke, progress, and primitivism183
8'The return of the native': the United Irishmen, culture, and colonialism208
Conclusion: towards post-colonial Enlightenment230
Notes239
Index288

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