A Companion to Mark Twain
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.
This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years Brings together respected Twain critics and a number of younger scholars in the field to provide an overview of this central figure in American literature Places special emphasis on the ways in which Twain's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism
Notes on Contributors x Note on Referencing xvii Acknowledgments xix PART I The Cultural Context 1 1 Mark Twain and Nation 3Randall Knoper 2 Mark Twain and Human Nature 21Tom Quirk 3 Mark Twain and America's Christian Mission Abroad 38Susan K. Harris 4 Mark Twain and Whiteness 53Richard S. Lowry 5 Mark Twain and Gender 66Peter Stoneley 6 Twain and Modernity 78T. J. Lustig 7 Mark Twain and Politics 94James S. Leonard 8 "The State, it is I": Mark Twain, Imperialism, and the New Americanists 109Scott Michaelsen PART II Mark Twain and Others 123 9 Twain, Language, and the Southern Humorists 125Gavin Jones 10 The "American Dickens": Mark Twain and Charles Dickens 141Christopher Gair 11 Nevada Influences on Mark Twain 157Lawrence I. Berkove 12 The Twain-Cable Combination 172Stephen Railton 13 Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, and Realism 186Peter Messent PART III Mark Twain: Publishing and Performing 209 14 "I don't know A from B" Mark Twain and Orality 211Thomas D. Zlatic 15 Mark Twain and the Profession of Writing 228Leland Krauth 16 Mark Twain and the Promise and Problems of Magazines 243Martin T. Buinicki 17 Mark Twain and the Stage 259Shelley Fisher Fishkin 18 Mark Twain on the Screen 274R. Kent Rasmussen and Mark Dawidziak PART IV Mark Twain and Travel 291 19 Twain and the Mississippi 293Andrew Dix 20 Mark Twain and the Literary Construction of the American West 309Gary Scharnhorst 21 Mark Twain and Continental Europe 324Holger Kersten 22 Mark Twain and Travel Writing 338Jeffrey Alan Melton PART V Mark Twain' Fiction 355 23 Mark Twain's Short Fiction 357Henry B. Wonham 24 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper as Juvenile Literature 371Linda A. Morris 25 Plotting and Narrating "Huck" 387Victor Doyno 26 Going to Tom's Hell in Huckleberry Finn 401Hilton Obenzinger 27 History, "Civilization," and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 416Sam Halliday 28 Mark Twain's Dialects 431David Lionel Smith 29 Killing Half A Dog, Half A Novel: The Trouble With The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins 441John Bird 30 Dreaming Better Dreams: The Late Writing of Mark Twain 449Forrest G. Robinson PART VI Mark Twain's Humor 467 31 Mark Twain's Visual Humor 469Louis J. Budd 32 Mark Twain and Post-Civil War Humor 485Cameron C. Nickels 33 Mark Twain and Amiable Humor 500Gregg Camfield 34 Mark Twain and the Enigmas of Wit 513Bruce Michelson PART VII A Retrospective 531 35 The State of Mark Twain Studies 533Alan Gribben Index 555
"The editors have done an exemplary job in maintaining a very high level of scholarly excellence in almost all these contributions. On a vast range of subjects there is a plenitude here of scholarly research and insight, some of it at least exploring new ground … and much of it proving illuminating and challenging." (Notes and Queries, June 2009) "Highly recommended for the reference shelves of libraries collecting work on American literature and culture." (Reference Reviews)
Peter Messent is Emeritus Professor of Modern American Literature at Nottingham University. He is the author of The Crime Fiction Handbook (2012), the prize-winning Mark Twain and Male Friendship (2009), The Short Works of Mark Twain: A Critical Study (2001), Mark Twain (1997), Ernest Hemingway (1992), and New Readings of the American Novel: Narrative Theory and its Application (1990). Louis J. Budd died after this book was first published, in 2011. He was James B. Duke Professor (Emeritus) of American Literature at Duke University, where he taught American Literature from 1981 to 1991. He was also the author of Mark Twain: Social Philosopher (reissued 2001) and Our Mark Twain: The Making of his Public Personality (1983) and the editor of Mark Twain: The Contemporary Reviews (1999). He served as founding president of the Mark Twain Circle of America
Mark Twain is one of the best-known figures of American literature. This broad-ranging companion brings together many of the most respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. It places especial emphasis on the ways in which the author's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience. The book approaches Twain through six subject headings: his cultural and historical context; his relationships with other writers; his role in the larger professional world of publishing and performing; studies of his travel writing; studies of his fictional works; and readings of his role as a humorist. A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism. This organisation provides a strong basis for the exploration and re-evaluation of Twain's work and cultural importance.
"... Highly recommended for the reference shelves of libraries collecting work on American literature and culture." Reference Reviews
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