Transcendentalism

A Change

What is transcendentalism?

  • an idealistic philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism
  • Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living

The Utopian Movement

This was to find an alternative lifestyle.

Noah Webster

he wrote the american spelling book and other small writings. also wrote the dictionary

Nathaniel Hawthorne

he wrote short fiction (fanshawe and the scarlet letter)

Edgar Allan poe

he wrote short stories and poems. he was a critic and editor.