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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780312400293

ISBN10:
0312400292
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/25/2003
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

Like its popular predecessor, this critical edition is designed for "teaching the conflicts" surrounding Mark Twain's 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 Twain's life and work, and to each critical controversy highlighted in this edition that helps students grapple not only with the novel's 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.

Author Biography

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

Preface iii
Why Study Critical Controversies? 1(18)
PART ONE Mark Twain and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Life of Samuel Clemens and the Reception of Huckleberry Finn
19(8)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The 1885 Text
27(237)
A Portfolio of Illustrations from the 1885 Edition
264(13)
PART TWO A Case Study in Critical Controversy
The Controversy over the Ending: Did Mark Twain Sell Jim down the River?
277(79)
A Certain Formal Aptness
283(2)
Lionel Trilling
The Boy and the River: Without Beginning or End
285(4)
T. S. Eliot
Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn
289(16)
Leo Marx
Jim's Africanist Presence in Huckleberry Finn
305(5)
Toni Morrison
Huckleberry Finn; Or, Consequences
310(22)
Stacey Margolis
from Deadpan Huck
332(24)
Sacvan Bercovitch
The Controversy over Race: Does Huckleberry Finn Combat or Reinforce Racist Attitudes?
356(115)
Morality and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
362(9)
Julius Lester
Born to Trouble: One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn
371(11)
Justin Kaplan
The Struggle for Tolerance: Race and Censorship in Huckleberry Finn
382(23)
Peaches Henry
More than a Reader's Response: A Letter to ``De Ole True Huck''
405(18)
Gerry Brenner
On the Nature and Status of Covert Texts: A Reply to Gerry Brenner's ``Letter to `De Ole True Huck'''
423(12)
James Phelan
from Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target
435(21)
Jonathan Arac
Say It Ain't So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain's ``Masterpiece''
456(10)
Jane Smiley
Selling Huck Finn Down the River: A Response to Jane Smiley
466(5)
Seymour Chwast
The Controversy over Gender and Sexuality: Are Twain's Sexual Politics Progressive, Regressive, or Beside the Point?
471(71)
Reformers and Young Maidens: Women and Virtue in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
476(20)
Nancy A. Walker
Reading Gender in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
496(13)
Myra Jehlen
Walker versus Jehlen versus Twain
509(7)
Frederick Crews
A Response to Frederick Crews
516(3)
Martha Woodmansee
Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!
519(7)
Leslie Fiedler
``Innocent Homosexuality'': The Fiedler Thesis in Retrospect
526(16)
Christopher Looby
Appendix: Writing about Critical Controversy 542


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