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“Jonathan Edwards, Calvin, Baxter & Co.”: Mark Twain and the Comedy of Calvinism

Joe B. Fulton

in John Calvin's American Legacy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390971
eISBN:
9780199777099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390971.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Church History

Mark Twain grappled seriously with theologians from the Calvinist tradition. While many of his comments seem dismissive (and funny), it is clear that Calvinism charged his writing with what one might ... More


Ripples and Reverberations

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195121223
eISBN:
9780199855162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The first part of the chapter presents the other side of Mark Twain as a public figure, courted by limelight. The chapter asserts that Twain's mystique—his unique personality—is ultimately ... More


The Matter of Hannibal

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195121223
eISBN:
9780199855162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter describes Mark Twain's Hannibal, the physical setting of his most famous novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huck Finn, and his inspiration for countless others. ... More


Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195121223
eISBN:
9780199855162
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book blends personal narrative with reflections on history, literature, and popular culture to provide a lively and provocative look at who Mark Twain really was, how he got to be that way, and ... More


Excavations

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195121223
eISBN:
9780199855162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The chapter recounts Mark Twain's lifelong battle with the ghost of slavery, racism, and his efforts, through his writings, to make his fellow citizens aware of and perhaps change their attitudes on ... More


‘Littery Man’: Mark Twain and Modern Authorship

Richard S. Lowry

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102123
eISBN:
9780199855087
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102123.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

As Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens became one of America's first modern celebrities, successfully straddling the conflicts between culture and commerce. Twain manipulated the cultural outlets of his day, ... More


“I Want a Real Coon”: Twain and Ethnic Caricature

Henry B. Wonham

in Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161946
eISBN:
9780199788101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161946.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter explores Mark Twain's life-long fascination with ethnic humor and caricature, highlighting the oxymoronic logic involved in his affection for “the genuine nigger show” and other forms of ... More


Epilogue

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195121223
eISBN:
9780199855162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The chapter makes a final tribute to the patriotism and bravery that Mark Twain exhibited in his works, particularly in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn where he dared to defy the prevailing views ... More


Persistence of Fiction: One Hundred Years of Tom Sawyer at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home

Hilary Iris Lowe

in Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042374
eISBN:
9780813043494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042374.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Hilary Iris Lowe begins this volume with an examination of literary tourism in her essay on the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Lowe argues that until recently, the town’s ... More


Prologue

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195121223
eISBN:
9780199855162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter provides a background of her lifelong fascination with American author, Mark Twain, including snippets of childhood memories and epiphanies over the novelist's books. A brief recounting ... More


Hank’s Night Shirt: Mark Twain, Claimant

Sarah Meer

in American Claimants: The Transatlantic Romance, c. 1820-1920

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198812517
eISBN:
9780191894695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812517.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Claimants were not only a lifelong preoccupation for Mark Twain, they represent a powerful impulse in his writing; he sought on multiple occasions to write himself into a historical literary ... More


Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, and the Politics of Literary Anti-Racism

Sandra Gunning

in Rape, Race, and Lynching: The Red Record of American Literature, 1890–1912

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195099904
eISBN:
9780199855100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099904.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The chapter discusses responses of African Americans and American whites to the racialized and gendered discursive patterns of nineteenth-century white supremacist fiction. The author focuses on how ... More


Here in Eden: The Mid-1960s and The Apple Tree

Philip Lambert

in To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195390070
eISBN:
9780199863570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390070.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, Popular

This chapter considers the work of Bock and Harnick in the aftermath of the unprecedented success of Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Their next show was The Apple Tree (1966), a collection of three ... More


Introduction

Selina Lai-Henderson

in Mark Twain in China

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780804789646
eISBN:
9780804794756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789646.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter charts the continued popularity and influence of Mark Twain in the US and around the world a century after his death, and what prominent Chinese writers such as Lu Xun and Lao She have ... More


Introduction: “Coolies” and Comparative Racialization in the Global West

Hsuan L. Hsu

in Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479880416
eISBN:
9781479843404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479880416.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book explores Mark Twain's fictional engagements with racism and colonialism by drawing on recent scholarship on Asian immigration, U.S. imperialism, race theory, and legal history. It ... More


Prologue

Richard W. Kaeuper

in Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199244584
eISBN:
9780191697388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244584.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter discusses Mark Twain and his idea of romanticism. The most compelling reason to avoid romanticizing chivalry is that to take a view through rose-tinted lenses distorts and trivializes ... More


The Struggle for the Cultural Heritage: Christina Stead Refunctions Charles Dickens and Mark Twain

Jonathan Arac

in Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231782
eISBN:
9780823241149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Samuel Clemens Pollit-Stead's composite figure of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as petit-bourgeois paterfamilias and socialist booster of the 1930s allows her to explore, at once critically and ... More


Transnational American Studies: Next Steps?

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

in Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9789888455775
eISBN:
9789882204034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

This essay limns what American Studies scholars lose by ignoring work published outside the US or published in languages other than English. It then explores two current examples of transnational, ... More


Twain’s Brand and the Modern Mood

Judith Yaross Lee

in Twain's Brand: Humor in Contemporary American Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036439
eISBN:
9781621030577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036439.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter shows that, although Mark Twain tops most lists of great American humorists, analyses of his significance treat American culture as if humor were barely part of it. One of the likely ... More


“I wa’ n’t bawn in de mash to be fool’ by trash!”: Mark Twain’s “A True Story” and the Culmination of Southern Frontier Humor

Tracy Wuster

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the argument that Mark Twain represents the apogee of the antebellum southern frontier humor genre by analyzing “A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It” (1874), one ... More


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