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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Case Study in Critical Controversy)

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Like its popular predecessor, this critical edition is designed for "teaching the conflicts" surrounding Mark Twains classic novel. It reprints the 1885 text of the first American edition (with a portfolio of illustrations) along with critical essays representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The novel and essays are supported by distinctive editorial material — including introductions to critical conflict in literary studies, to Twains life and work, and to each critical controversy highlighted in this edition — that helps students grapple not only with the novels critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself. In addition to several new critical essays, the second edition includes an appendix on how to argue about the novel so that students may more effectively enter the critical conversation about its issues.

About the Author

Mark Twain was a humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, leading industrialists and European royalty

Table of Contents

    Why Study Critical Controversies?

    

PART I. MARK TWAIN AND ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

  The Life of Samuel Clemens and the Reception of Huckleberry Finn

  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The 1885 Text

  A Portfolio of Illustrations from the 1885 Edition

    

PART II. A CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL CONTROVERSY

    

  The Controversy over the Ending: Did Mark Twain Sell Jim Down the River?

    Lionel Trilling, A Certain Formal Aptness

    T.S. Eliot, The Boy and the River: Without Beginning or End

    Leo Marx, Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn

    James M. Cox, Attacks on the Ending and Twain's Attack on Conscience

    Jane Smiley, from Say It Ain't So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Twain's "Masterpiece"

    Seymour Chwast, Selling Huck Down the River

    

  The Controversy over Race: Does Huckleberry Finn Combat or Reinforce Racist Attitudes?

    Julius Lester, Morality and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Justin Kaplan, Born to Trouble: One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn

    Peaches Henry, The Struggle for Tolerance: Race and Censorship in Huckleberry Finn

    Shelley Fisher Fishkin, from Lighting Out for the Territory

    Gerry Brenner, More than a Reader's Response: A Letter to "De Ole True Huck"

    James Phelan, On the Nature and Status of Covert Texts: A Reply to

    Gerry Brenner's "Letter to 'De Ole True Huck'"

    Jonathan Arac, from Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target

    Toni Morrison, On Reading Huckleberry Finn

    Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua, from The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Huckleberry Finn

    

  The Controversy over Gender and Sexuality: Are Twain's Sexual Politics Progressive, Regressive, or Beside the Point?

    Nancy A. Walker, Reformers and Young Maidens: Women and Virtue in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Myra Jehlen, Reading Gender in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Frederick Crews, Walker versus Jehlen versus Twain

    Martha Woodmansee, A Response to Frederick Crews

    

  Appendix: How to Argue about Huckleberry Finn

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312400293
Editor:
Phelan, James; Graff, Gerald
Editor:
Graff, Gerald
Editor:
Graff, Gerald; Phelan, James
Editor:
Phelan, James; Graff, Gerald
Editor:
Graff, Gerald
Editor:
Phelan, James
Author:
Graff, Gerald
Author:
Phelan, James
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series:
Case Study in Critical Controversy
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
550
Dimensions:
1.00 in.

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