English Transcendentalism

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Transcendentalism and Its Effects on American Literature Spawned as a late and local manifestation of the Renaissance, Transcendentalism swept through New England in the early 1800ís (Trent 326). The term "transcendentalism" was first used by Kant, a German philosopher. It refers to the idea that matters of ultimate reality "transcend" the human experience. In American literature, the term can be defined as the belief in the genuine divinity of every man and the faith in his …

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