Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind

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This critical study analyzes major concepts in the travel literature of Mark Twain and notes how his ouvre (including his classic works of fiction) revolves around travel as a central issue. The book focuses especially on his representations of time, place, and identity in the travel works Roughing It, A Tramp Abroad, The Innocents Abroad, Life on The Mississippi, and Following the Equator. All receive an in-depth analysis, noting Twain's strong sense of nostalgia for the disappearing American frontier, his ...
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About the Book This critical study analyzes major concepts in the travel literature of Mark Twain and notes how his oeuvre (including his classic works of fiction) revolves ... around travel as a central issue. The book focuses especially on his representations of time, place, and identity in the travel works Roughing It, A Tramp Abroad, The Innocents Abroad, Life on The Mississippi, and Following the Equator. All receive an in-depth analysis, noting Twain’s strong sense of nostalgia for the disappearing American frontier, his growing concern over the assimilation of Native American cultures, and his continual search for a sense of personal and national identity. One appendix provides a complete list of the travel literature contained in Twain’s personal library. About the Author Harold H. Hellwig is an associate English professor and director of composition at Idaho State University. He lives in Pocatello, Idaho. Read more Show Less

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This critical study analyzes major concepts in the travel literature of Mark Twain and notes how his ouvre (including his classic works of fiction) revolves around travel as a central issue. The book focuses especially on his representations of time, place, and identity in the travel works Roughing It, A Tramp Abroad, The Innocents Abroad, Life on The Mississippi, and Following the Equator. All receive an in-depth analysis, noting Twain's strong sense of nostalgia for the disappearing American frontier, his growing concern over the assimilation of Native American cultures, and his continual search for a sense of personal and national identity. One appendix provides a complete list of the travel literature contained in Twain's personal library.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786436514
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2008
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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Harold H. Hellwig is an associate English professor and director of composition at Idaho State University. He lives in Pocatello, Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     v
Preface     1
Travel as a Quest for Knowledge     7
Travel as a Method of Piloting the River of Life     29
Innocents Abroad: A Parody of Tourist Books     45
Roughing It: Travel as a Way to Find an Identity     61
A Tramp Abroad: Travel Experiment and Narrative Lapse     80
Life on the Mississippi: Travel as a Form of Knowledge     98
Following the Equator: Travel as Nostalgia, Loss and Recovery     116
Mark Twain's Travel: Looking for an Identity in Fiction     144
Mark Twain's Travel: Looking for Stable Time in His Fiction     163
Travel Works Probably Read and Owned by Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain)     181
Notes     201
Bibliography     207
Index     213
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