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  • Acknowledgments
    Introduction. The Insistence of the Sublime
    1. When the Earth Moves: Toward a Political Sublime
    2. The Racial Sublime
    3. The Nuclear Sublime
    4. The Industrial Sublime
    5. The 9/11 Terror Sublime
    Afterword. It's All About Duration
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index
  • “With a capacious and generative writing style carried out through his usual exciting mode of political theorizing, Michael J. Shapiro takes up a challenging and daring position: the physical actuality—or, the thingness—of the sublime. This articulation of the fact of the political sublime is a notable achievement which makes for an impressive book.” — Davide Panagia, author of, Rancière’s Sentiments

    “The notion of a rupture, a possibility at the heart of the aesthetic occurrence, has become central to aesthetic modernism. At the same time, the subsequent recuperation to recourse to a higher faculty has been held in suspicion. Michael J. Shapiro suggests something new: that the recuperation that follows rupture should not be rejected outright, but rather relativized. In this impressive and important book, Shapiro bridges aesthetic concerns with political ones, showing how sublime experience can offer rallying points for the possibilities of social action. This is where we can move from the aesthetic to the political—from faltering experiences to a form of active response.” — Steven Shaviro, author of, The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

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