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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

(p.57) 4 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Jonathan Arac

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel by Mark Twain that was first published in Britain in 1884 and the United States in 1885. It examines the prestige of Huckleberry Finn in American culture and its place within mass consumption. In order to understand Huckleberry Finn's special power, the chapter analyzes Twain's success in placing the novel within a structure of national nostalgic self-conception. It also considers Huckleberry Finn's mocking of cultural institutions such as the Christianity of Sunday school, the language of grammar school, the funereal poetry of genteel society, and the excitements of romance fiction.

Keywords:   novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, culture, mass consumption, Christianity, Sunday school, grammar school, genteel society, romance fiction

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