include timely reflections by major critics on the hotly debated dynamics of race and slavery perceptible throughout his writing.
These essays examine Twain from a wide variety of critical perspectives, and include timely reflections by major critics on the hotly debated dynamics of race and slavery perceptible throughout his writing.
Preface; Chronology of Mark Twain's life; 1. Mark Twain as an American icon Louis J. Budd; 2. The innocent at large: Mark Twain's travel writing Forrest G. Robinson; 3. Mark Twain and women Shelley Fisher Fishkin; 4. Mark Twain's civil war: humor's reconstructive writing Neil Schmitz; 5. Banned in Concord: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and classic American literature Myra Jehlen; 6. Black critics and Mark Twain D. L. Smith; 7. Mr Clemens and Jim Crow: Twain race and blackface Eric Lott; 8. Speech acts and social action: Mark Twain and the politics of literary performance Evan Carton; 9. How the boss played the game: Twain's critique of imperialism in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court John Carlos Rowe; 10. Mark Twain's travels in the racial occult: Following the Equator and the dream tales Susan Gillman; 11. Mark Twain's theology: the Gods of a Brevet presterian Stanley Brodwin; Further reading; Index.