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Hanauer Lecture: The Moral Sublime

Adam Potkay (College of William and Mary)
Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Communications 120

Modern criticism has neglected the persistent association of morality and the sublime from Longinus through the Romantics. This talk recovers the morality of the sublime—the transcendence of immediate environment and self-interested relations in order to emerge as a fully moral being—within British Romanticism.

Adam Potkay, William R. Kenan Professor of Humanties at the College of William and Mary, specializes in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature. His most recent book, The Story of Joy from the Bible to Late Romanticism (2007) won the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association for the best book in literary history and literary criticism in 2008.

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