Making Mark Twain Work in the Classroom

Making Mark Twain Work in the Classroom

by James S. Leonard, Dennis W. Eddings, Victoria Thorpe Miller, James E. Caron, Lawrence I. Berkove
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822322978

ISBN-13: 9780822322979

Pub. Date: 05/05/1999

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

How does one teach Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, a book as controversial as it is central to the American literary canon? This collection of essays edited by James S. Leonard offers practical classroom methods for instructors dealing with the racism, the casual violence, and the role of women, as well as with structural and thematic discrepancies in

Overview

How does one teach Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, a book as controversial as it is central to the American literary canon? This collection of essays edited by James S. Leonard offers practical classroom methods for instructors dealing with the racism, the casual violence, and the role of women, as well as with structural and thematic discrepancies in the works of Mark Twain.
The essays in Making Mark Twain Work in the Classroom reaffirm the importance of Twain in the American literature curriculum from high school through graduate study. Addressing slavery and race, gender, class, religion, language and ebonics, Americanism, and textual issues of interest to instructors and their students, the contributors offer guidance derived from their own demographically diverse classroom experiences. Although some essays focus on such works as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and The Innocents Abroad, most discuss the hotly debated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, viewed alternately in this volume as a comic masterpiece or as evidence of Twain’s growing pessimism—but always as an effective teaching tool.
By placing Twain’s work within the context of nineteenth-century American literature and culture, Making Mark Twain Work in the Classroom will interest all instructors of American literature. It will also provoke debate among Americanists and those concerned with issues of race, class, and gender as they are represented in literature.

Contributors. Joseph A. Alvarez, Lawrence I. Berkove, Anthony J. Berret, S.J., Wesley Britton, Louis J. Budd, James E. Caron, Everett Carter, Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua, Pascal Covici Jr., Beverly R. David, Victor Doyno, Dennis W. Eddings, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, S. D. Kapoor, Michael J. Kiskis, James S. Leonard, Victoria Thorpe Miller, Stan Poole, Tom Reigstad, David E. E. Sloane, David Tomlinson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822322979
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/05/1999
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Who's Teaching Mark Twain, and How? / James S. Leonard

I. Discovering Mark Twain

From Innocence to Death: An Approach to Teaching Twain / Dennis W. Eddings

Race and Mark Twain / S. D. Kapoor

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc in Today's Classroom / Victoria Thorpe Miller

Parody and Satire as Explorations of Culture in The Innocents Abroad / James E. Caron

Connecticut Yankee: Twain's Other Masterpiece / Lawrence I. Berkove

A Connecticut Yankee in the Postmodern Classroom / James S. Leonard

Opportunity Keeps Knocking: Mark Twain Scholarship for the Classroom / Louis J. Budd

II. Rediscovering Huckleberry Finn

"Huckleberry Fun" / Everett Carter

Huck's Helplessness: A Reader's Response to Stupefied Humanity / David E. E. Sloane

Teaching: Huckleberry Finn: The Uses of the Last Twelve Chapters / Pascal Covici Jr.

"Blame de pint! I reck'n I knows what I knows": Ebonics, Jim, and New Approaches to Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua

The Challenge of Teaching Huckleberry Finn / Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Huck Finn's Library: Reading, Writing, and Intertextuality / Anthony J. Berret, S. J.

The Relationship of Kemble's Illustrations to Mark Twain's Text: Using Pictures to Teach Huck Finn / Beverly R. David

Using Audiovisual Media to Teach Huckleberry Finn / Wesley Britton

High-Tech Huck: Teaching Undergraduates by Traditional Methods and with Computers / David Tomlinson

III. Playing to the Audience

The Innocents Abroad Travels to Freshman Composition / Tom Reigstad

On Teaching Huck in the Sophomore Survey / Victor Doyno

To Justify the Ways of Twain to Students: Teaching Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Culturally Diverse Students in an Urban Southern Community College / Joseph A. Alvarez

"Pretty Ornery Preaching": Huckleberry Finn in the Church-Related College / Stan Poole

"When I read this book as a child . . . the ugliness was pushed aside": Adult Students Read and Respond to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Michael J. Kiskis

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