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Huckleberry Finn As Idol and Target : The Functions of Criticism in Our Time (The Wisconsin Project on American Writers)

 
 
 
 
Huckleberry Finn As Idol and Target : The Functions of Criticism in Our Time (The Wisconsin Project on American Writers)
Author: Jonathan Arac
ISBN 13: 9780299155346
ISBN 10: 29915534
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 1997-10-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
List Price: $21.95
 
 

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 citizenship. Arac does not want to ban Huckleberry Finn, but to provide a context for fairer, fuller, and better-informed debates. He revisits the era of the novel's setting in the 1840s, the period in the 1880s when Twain wrote and published the book, and the post-World War II era, to refute many deeply entrenched assumptions about Huckleberry Finn and its place in cultural history. Commenting on figures from Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison and Lionel Trilling to Leo Marx, Archie Bunker, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, and Mark Fuhrman. Arac's discussion is trenchant, lucid, and timely.