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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Professor Michael Silk: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime - how to be human in a metaphysical mode

15th October 2008, 17:30 to 18:30, Room 20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

This is the first lecture in the Being Human - Classical Perspectives Lecture Series.

What is 'the sublime'? As a literary, or literary-theoretical, category, the sublime, from 'Longinus' to Kant to Lyotard, emerges as seemingly important and strikingly elusive.

Any attempt to make sense of the sublime needs to come to terms with its metaphysical implications and its distinctive affinities with one genre: tragedy. The case is argued with particular reference to two examples:
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Euripides' Ion.

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