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American Literary Scholarship (2005) 2003 (1): 83–109.
Published: 01 September 2005
... lag on the fast-moving treadmill of Huck Finn commentary. In Seelye’s fertile interpretation, the book is a ‘‘picaresque narrative, not the Bildungsroman ‘‘mostly improvisation an example of ‘‘convenient ‘chance’ encounters ‘‘a river book a work with a ‘‘gothic mood a ‘‘panorama of violence...
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American Literary Scholarship (2006) 2004 (1): 93–112.
Published: 01 September 2006
... will succeed in taking in his readers.” Tom Sawyer pictures “childhood as a kind of golden age. . . . It is often remembered that way by the same adults who, paradoxically, once were so impatient to grow up.” In Huckleberry Finn “the fact that Huck is not a reader is what allows him to be so powerful...
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American Literary Scholarship (2008) 2006 (1): 97–115.
Published: 01 September 2008
... discourses.” Silver’s topic necessarily compels him to assess Shelley Fisher Fishkin’s Was Huck Black? (1993), whose thesis, Silver asserts, “carries with it suspect assumptions about how dialect is observed and recorded by the upper class. . . . Of the many elements that Fishkin has left out of her...
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American Literary Scholarship (2015) 2013 (1): 81–99.
Published: 01 September 2015
... American society. She identifies three categories of omissions: informative, emo- tive, and evaluative. All three stem from Huck’s status as an outsider. The informative omissions include little information about his mother, including her relationship with Pap and whether they were married...
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American Literary Scholarship (2011) 2009 (1): 83–102.
Published: 01 September 2011
... and Cable’s interest in race. This leads to a discussion of “Tom Sawyer’s Conspiracy,” which in turn leads to a more complex discussion of Huck Finn. All of this views Twain’s public political and social interest, though there is some question of the impact of Twain’s personal experience and familial...
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American Literary Scholarship (2020) 2018 (1): 69–84.
Published: 01 September 2020
... and Medicine (see AmLS 2003, pp. 95 96). George Hendrick, The Blankenships in Mark Twain s Fiction: Some Speculations (MTJ 56, i: 124 35) gathers material about the Blanken- ship family, especially Tom Blankenship, the principal model for Huck- leberry Finn. In Alas; Poor Mark The Masonic Response to Mark...
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American Literary Scholarship (2000) 1998 (1): 87–98.
Published: 01 September 2000
..., Camfield argues, have ignored the fact that Huck s battle with his conscience is based on sentimental ethics, and its development depends on many conventions of sentimental fiction. . . . Why have we not only suppressed so much sentimental literature from the canon altogether, but why have we also...
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American Literary Scholarship (2013) 2011 (1): 91–103.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., it could be argued that Gribben’s substitution makes several power- ful passages absurd—for example, Pap’s tirade against “govment” and the “free nigger” from Ohio, or Huck’s late comment to Tom about “setting a free nigger free.” And would Twain indeed have made the change, as Gribben suggests...
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American Literary Scholarship (2002) 2000 (1): 91–106.
Published: 01 September 2002
... of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Steven Mailloux’s clever ‘‘The Bad-Boy Boom Shel- ley Fisher Fishkin’s often-reprinted ‘‘Was Huck Black Victor Fischer’s valuable ‘‘Huck Finn Reviewed David L. Smith’s excellent ‘‘Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse Toni Morrison’s provocative ‘‘Re- Marking Twain...
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American Literary Scholarship (2003) 2001 (1): 97–120.
Published: 01 September 2003
... annotations on nearly every page that have caused both editions to be so frequently consulted, and here the expansions are quite noticeable. To take an example, chapter 12, in which Alan Gribben 101 Huck boards a wrecked steamboat, formerly carried 28 such notes...
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American Literary Scholarship (2007) 2005 (1): 103–126.
Published: 01 September 2007
... the implications of Jonathan Arac’s Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time (see AmLS 1997, pp. 94–96). In an opening essay, “Revisiting Huck: Idol and Target” (pp. Alan Gribben 115 3–8), Ann M. Ryan defends the relative worth...
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American Literary Scholarship (2004) 2002 (1): 85–103.
Published: 01 September 2004
... of Huckleberry Finn are storytellers. Huck himself is a weaver of tales. . . . Twain presents Huck as the narrator, even the author. . . . Thus Huck tells the story of his own storytelling. While it is Tom Sawyer who is the master whom Huck emulates the boys’ di√erences are crucial. ‘‘By his portrayal...
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American Literary Scholarship (2001) 1999 (1): 97–122.
Published: 01 September 2001
...—this same embit- tered man would never profane the sanctity of the Mississippi. In Huckleberry Finn, most of the perils that confront Huck and Jim are the perils of dry land On the river, they are safe The (valid) point Powers really wants to make is that during the 19th century ‘‘something...
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American Literary Scholarship (2009) 2007 (1): 97–112.
Published: 01 September 2009
..., to whom she became devoted while attending Bryn Mawr, undergo in-depth scrutiny, and Morris ventures further than most pre- ceding scholars in declaring that these two young women definitely had “a passionate, romantic relationship” that included “physical intimacy.” Huck Finn’s masquerade...
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American Literary Scholarship (2014) 2012 (1): 75–87.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of Huckleberry Finn stresses domesticity and Huck as an orphaned child, matters central in turn to Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and Pudd’nhead Wilson. Kiskis makes an eloquent plea to read Twain in light of his “deep feeling” for domesticity: “His literary work was strongest when it dealt...
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American Literary Scholarship (2021) 2019 (1): 67–82.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., e Roots of Huck Finn s Melancholy: Sam Clemens, John Bird Mark Twain, and a World of Pain (Mississippi Quarterly : ) Robert Paul Lamb asserts that Twain endowed Huck with his author s own tormented psyche and that Huck Finn is the most purely auto- biographical ctional character he ever...
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American Literary Scholarship (2016) 2014 (1): 75–90.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., yearning for an optimistic outcome to Huck’s personal growth, may not be glad to receive.” Sloane concludes, “Twain’s manipulation of the n-word is not accidental, but rather is part of a coherent plan to show racism as so integral and pervasive as to be inescapable.” The controversy over Alan...
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American Literary Scholarship (2022) 2020 (1): 75–89.
Published: 01 September 2022
... to understand how racial attitudes are created. In this reflective essay on teaching the novel, he concludes, Even if some students do not love reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, they usually enjoy discussing it. In Huck and Jim s Island Time in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Importance of Brave...
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American Literary Scholarship (2017) 2015 (1): 63–76.
Published: 01 September 2017
... fascinating: a Chinese translator cannot use a different dialect to express the voice of Huck or Jim because only certain people could read it. Instead, translators had to show dialect differences through variations in education and class. Lai-Henderson’s study is extremely valuable, both for its...
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American Literary Scholarship (2012) 2010 (1): 97–114.
Published: 01 September 2012
... to be confused with the underclass Huck. . . . Hence, it was prudent to juxtapose this backwoods figure in Huckleberry Finn with a classical bust of somebody suggesting Twain’s difference from his first-person narrator.” Loving has Justin Kaplan’s knack for bringing forward the most apt quotation...