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Huckleberry Finn as idol and target : the functions of criticism in our time

Author: Jonathan Arac
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997.
Series: Wisconsin project on American writers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If racially offensive epithets are banned from network airtime and the pages USA Today, Jonathan Arac asks, shouldn't fair hearing be given to those who protest their use in an eighth-grade classroom? Placing Mark Twain's comic and beloved masterpiece, Huckleberry Finn, in the context of long-standing American debates about race and culture, Jonathan Arac has written a work of scholarship in the service of  Read more...
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Arac, Jonathan, 1945-
Huckleberry Finn as idol and target.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)605260946
Online version:
Arac, Jonathan, 1945-
Huckleberry Finn as idol and target.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)607839333
Named Person: Mark Twain; Huckleberry Finn, (Fictitious character); Mark Twain; Huckleberry Finn, (Fictitious character); Mark Twain; Mark (1835-1910) Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Arac
ISBN: 0299155307 9780299155308 029915534X 9780299155346
OCLC Number: 36847729
Description: ix, 254 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target --
2. All Right, Then, I'll Go to Hell: Historical Contexts for Chapter 31 --
3. Forty Years of Controversy, 1957-1996 --
4. Uncle Tom's Cabin vs. Huckleberry Finn: The Historians and the Critics --
5. Lionel Trilling: The Key Text in Context --
6. Nationalism and Hypercanonization --
7. Vernacular and Nationality: Comparative Contexts for Chapter 19 --
8. Nation, Race, and Beyond --
Coda: The Memories of Huckleberry Finn.
Series Title: Wisconsin project on American writers.
Responsibility: Jonathan Arac.

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The author places Huckleberry Finn in the context of long standing American debate about race and culture. He points out that this quintessentially American novel, assigned to many schools as an  Read more...

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