Dr. Cynthia Freeland, University of Houston                             

Negative Aesthetics

Seminar in Philosophy of Art, Spring 2003



The Sublime: Selected Bibliography



Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Judgement, 1790, trans. James Creed Meredith, on-line at http://www.swan.ac.uk/poli/texts/kant/critju.txt.


Donald Crawford, Kant’s Aesthetic Theory (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1974).

Paul Crowther, The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989).

Jacques Derrida, The Truth in Painting, trans. Geoff Bennington and Ian McLeod (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), esp. 14-147, “The Parergon.”

Ferguson, Frances, Solitude and the sublime : romanticism and the aesthetics of individuation (New York : Routledge, 1992).

Timothy Gould, “Intensity and its Audiences: Toward a Feminist Perspective on the Kantian Sublime,” in Feminism and Tradition in Aesthetics, ed. Peggy Zeglin Brand and Carolyn Korsmeyer (University Park: Penn State University Press, 1995), pp. 66-87.

Paul Guyer, “Kant’s Distinction between the Beautiful and the Sublime,” Review of Metaphysics 35 (1982): 753-83.

-----Kant and the Experience of Freedom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Jean-Francois Lyotard, Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (Kant’s Critique of Judgement, sections 23-29), trans. Elizabeth Rottenberg (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994).

Kirk Pillow, Sublime understanding : aesthetic reflection in Kant and Hegel (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000).

Eva Schaper, “Taste, sublimity, and genius: The aesthetics of nature and art,” in The Cambridge Companion to Kant, ed. Paul Guyer (Cambridge, New York, and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1992), pp. 367-393.

John H. Zammito, The Genesis of Kant’s “Critique of Judgment” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992).



Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, online at http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/.

Tom Furniss, Edmund Burke's aesthetic ideology : language, gender, and political economy in revolution (Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Samuel H. Monk, The Sublime: A Study of Critical Theories in Eighteenth-Century England (New York: Modern Language Association, 1935), 96-7.

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Peg Brand and Myles Brand, The Beautiful and the Sublime, course syllabus with reading lists from Indiana University, 1997, on-line at


Elmer H. Duncan, Syllabus for Aesthetics course at Baylor University; helpful tips on aesthetics bibliographies, http://www3.baylor.edu/~Elmer_Duncan/AestheticsSyl.htm

Cynthia A. Freeland, “The Sublime in Cinema,” in Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion, ed. Carl Plantinga and Greg M. Smith (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), pp. 65-83.

Longinus, On the Sublime, W. Rhys Roberts translation on-line at http://classicpersuasion.org/pw/longinus/.

Peter G. Platt, ed., Wonders, marvels, and monsters in early modern culture (Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999). CB361.W66 1999.

Slavoj Zizek, The Sublime Object of Ideology (London: Verso, 1989).