The Grotesque Sublime: Play with Terror

  • Shun-liang Chao University College London


Throughout "La Préface de Cromwell" (1827), Victor Hugo treats the sublime and the grotesque as different realms without seriously expounding upon their distinction. In examining the major treatises of the sublime, however, one will find that the grotesque actually resides inside the sublime in terms of evoking violent emotions, especially terror. This essay, then, aims to bring into relief the essential similarities between the grotesque and the sublime, thereby drawing attention to the role of the grotesque in the construction of artistic or aesthetic modernity.
How to Cite
Chao, Shun-liang. 2006. “The Grotesque Sublime: Play With Terror”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 02 (June).