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date: 22 September 2019

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This article examines the relation of nineteenth-century American literature to philosophy and skepticism. It investigates how to draw the lines between literature and other forms of discourse, and suggests that analysis of the interlacing of philosophy and literature during the nineteenth century must begin with skepticism. The article explains that American literature and philosophy did not advance in linear fashion from naive beginnings, and that while American thought and culture did become more modern during the nineteenth century, skepticism already had a powerful presence before the rise of romanticism.

Keywords: American literature, philosophy, skepticism, discourse, romanticism, American thought, American culture

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