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'The Dream of an Island': Dear Esther and the Digital Sublime

O'Sullivan, James


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    <subfield code="a">&lt;p&gt;Kant remarks that beauty &amp;ldquo;is what pleases in the mere judgment (and there not by the medium of sensation in accordance with a concept of understanding),&amp;rdquo; and the sublime &amp;ldquo;pleases immediately through its opposition to the interest of sense&amp;rdquo;. Lyotard&amp;rsquo;s position is such that the sublime, as construed by Burke and Kant, &amp;ldquo;outlined a world of possibilities for artistic experiments in which the avant-gardes would later trace out their paths&amp;rdquo;. It is within this framework&amp;mdash;the established connection between the sublime and the avant-garde&amp;mdash;that I will situate my argument that electronic literature and literary games avail of an aesthetic of the sublime.&lt;/p&gt;</subfield>
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