ISBN13:978-0312112257 ISBN10: 0312112254 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0312122614 ISBN10: 0312122616
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 di
stinctive 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.
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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:95 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Bedford Books Published: 02/01/1995 International: No
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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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