With the rise of what has been lauded as the “transnational turn” in American studies, a new disciplinary emphasis on globalistic perspective, attention has turned to that most American of literary authors, from the golden age of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American imperialist adventure, who also happens to have been—in several senses of the phrasing—our greatest literary-cultural traveler. That figure is Mark Twain, by dint of personal experience the most traveled of our major authors, and with his major texts to this day still the most traveled in the American canon. (According to Selina Lai-Henderson, one of the writers reviewed here, Huckleberry Finn  alone exists in ninety Chinese translations.) Accordingly, much recent attention has turned to Twain’s travel writings—themselves an imposing percentage of his titles—but also to analogous texts such as the Mississippi River writings, the historical romances, and the large number of works, many unfinished, centered on...
Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain’s Asia and Comparative Racialization
Mark Twain in China
Shock and Awe: American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
Philip Beidler is Margaret and William Going Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he has taught American literature since receiving his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1974. His most recent book is The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts (2014, Univ. of Alabama Press). His new book, forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press, is titled Beautiful War: Studies in a Dreadful Fascination.
Philip Beidler; Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain’s Asia and Comparative Racialization
Mark Twain in China
Shock and Awe: American Exceptionalism and the Imperatives of the Spectacle in Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”. American Literature 1 June 2016; 88 (2): 401–404. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00029831-3533386
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