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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312112257

Cover of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 95 (ISBN 978-0312112257)
ISBN13: 978-0312112257
ISBN10: 0312112254
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 1995
International: No

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312112257

Mark Twain, Gerald Graff and James Phelan

ISBN13: 978-0312112257
ISBN10: 0312112254
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 1995
International: No
Summary

Inviting readers to participate in literary debate, this important case study of Mark Twain's celebrated novel reprints the 1885 first edition along with critical essays on the major controversies surrounding the novel today. The eighteen essays center on three current critical questions about Huckleberry Finn: Is the ending a success or a failure? Is the text racist? What role do gender and sexuality play in the work? The novel and the essays are supported by distinctive editorial material that helps readers grapple not only with the novel's critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself. The editors have provided an introduction to critical conflict in literary studies, a biographical essay on Mark Twain and the reception of Huckleberry Finn, introductions to the controversies (with bibliographies), and a headnote for each selection.

Table of Contents

Preface
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
Richard Hill, Overreaching: Critical Agenda and the Ending of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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
Earl F. Briden, Kemble's "Specialty" and the Pictorial Countertext of Huckleberry Finn
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, From Was Huck Black?
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'"

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
Leslie Fiedler, Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!
Christopher Looby, "Innocent Homosexuality": The Fiedler Thesis in Retrospect

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