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Sublime: the pleasure of the overwhelming - Learning curve lecture series with Damien Freeman

Sublime: the pleasure of the overwhelming - Learning curve lecture series with Damien Freeman

In this new course, we shall discover what the sublime is, and how philosophers and artists have grappled with the special aesthetic pleasure that we take in being overwhelmed by the sublime in art and nature.

Image: WC Piguenit Kosciusko 1903 (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales

6 Tracks
01 What is the sublime?
02 Antiquity and lofty language
03 Encountering lofty landscapes on the 18th-century grand tour
04 From the romantic to the post-modern sublime
05 Not quite sublime
06 From the sublime to the ridiculous