Mark Twain and the Novel: The Double-Cross of Authority

Mark Twain and the Novel: The Double-Cross of Authority

by Lawrence Howe

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Mark Twain and the Novel: The Double-Cross of Authority by Lawrence Howe

Mark Twain was an author both drawn to and suspicious of authority, and his novels reflect this tension. Marked by disruptions, repetitions, and contradictions, they exemplify the ideological standoff between the American ideal of individual freedom and the reality of social control. This book provides a fresh look at Twain's major novels such as Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The difficulties in these works are shown to be neither flaws nor failures, but rather intrinsic to both the structure of the American novel and the texture of American culture.

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ISBN-13: 9780521107624
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/16/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #116
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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