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Unit 3 Overview

Beth Winschuh

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of Romanticism

Romanticism Romanticism Transcendentalim Gothicism Nineteenth Century American Transcendentalism is not a religion (in the traditional sense of the word); it is a pragmatic philosophy, a state of mind, and a form of spirituality It is not a religion because it does not adhere to the three concepts common in major religions: a. a belief in a God; b. a belief in an afterlife (dualism); and c. a belief that this life has consequences on the next it does not reject an afterlife, but its emphasis is on this life. The Basics: rely on intuition instead of the rational or sensical
conscious union of the individual psyche Oversoul, life-force, prime mover and God Ralph Waldo Emerson Henry David Thoreau Nature is an exact duplication of man A philosohophical movement Stresses emotion rather than logic Believes that nature is beautiful and can offer a refuge The INDIVIDUAL is more important than any institution A style of writing that embraces the dark side of human nature
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