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Mark Twain in Context

Mark Twain in Context

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Gary Scharnhorst, Alan Gribben, John Bird, Kevin Mac Donnell, Henry B. Wonham, David E. E. Sloane, Joseph A. Alvarez, James Caron, Jeffrey Melton, Peter Messent, Bruce Michelson, Tracy Wuster, Kelly Richardson, Chad Rohman, James S. Leonard, Lawrence Howe, Harold K. Bush, Nathaniel Williams, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Kerry Driscoll, Hsuan L. Hsu, Ann M. Ryan, Laura Skandera-Trombley, Linda A. Morris, Gregg Camfield, Emily VanDette, Susan K. Harris, James Wharton Leonard, Joe B. Fulton, Joseph Csicsila, Selina Lai-Henderson, R. Kent Rasmussen, Judith Yaross Lee, Hillary Iris Lowe
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  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472609

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  • Mark Twain In Context provides the fullest introduction in one volume to the multifaceted life and times of one of the most celebrated American writers. It is a collection of short, lively contributions covering a wide range of topics on Twain's life and works. Twain lived during a time of great change, upheaval, progress, and challenge. He rose from obscurity to become what some have called 'the most recognizable person on the planet'. Beyond his contributions to literature, which were hugely important and influential, he was a businessman, an inventor, an advocate for social and political change, and ultimately a cultural icon. Placing his life and work in the context of his age reveals much about both Mark Twain and America in the last half of the nineteenth century, the twentieth century, and the first decades of the twenty-first century.

    • Provides a broad and deep examination of Mark Twain's life, work, and era
    • Introduces readers to key topics that are necessary for a contextual understanding of Mark Twain
    • Shows how deeply and widely Twain was involved in the issues and concerns of his era, reacting to great change and contributing to the national conversation
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    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472609
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Life:
    1. Life Gary Scharnhorst
    2. Reading Alan Gribben
    3. Autobiography John Bird
    4. Biographies Kevin Mac Donnell
    Part II. Literary Contexts:
    5. Southwestern humor Henry B. Wonham
    6. Literary comedians David E. E. Sloane
    7. Local color and regionalism Joseph A. Alvarez
    8. Early periodical writing James Caron
    9. Travel writing Jeffrey Melton
    10. Short fiction Peter Messent
    11. Publishing Bruce Michelson
    12. Lectures and speeches Tracy Wuster
    13. Contemporary writers Kelly Richardson
    14. Realism and naturalism Chad Rohman
    Part III. Historical and Cultural Contexts:
    15. Politics James S. Leonard
    16. Business and economics Lawrence Howe
    17. Religion Harold K. Bush
    18. Science and technology Nathaniel Williams
    19. Race and ethnicity: African Americans Shelley Fisher Fishkin
    20. Race and ethnicity: native Americans Kerry Driscoll
    21. Race and ethnicity: Chinese Hsuan L. Hsu
    22. Cosmopolitanism Ann M. Ryan
    23. Gender issues: women and domesticity Laura Skandera-Trombley
    24. Gender issues: sexuality Linda A. Morris
    25. History Gregg Camfield
    26. Animals and animal rights Emily VanDette
    27. Nationalism and anti-Imperialism Susan K. Harris
    28. Philosophy James Wharton Leonard
    Part IV. Reception and Criticism:
    29. Contemporary and early reception and criticism (to 1960) Joe B. Fulton
    30. Reception and criticism (1960-present) Joseph Csicsila
    31. Translation and international reception Selina Lai-Henderson
    Part V. Historical, Creative, and Cultural Legacies:
    32. Film, television, and theater adaptations R. Kent Rasmussen
    33. Copyright, trademark, and brand Judith Yaross Lee
    34. Mark Twain sites Hillary Iris Lowe.

  • Editor

    John Bird, Winthrop University
    John Bird is Professor of English at Winthrop University. He is the author of Mark Twain and Metaphor (2007). He is a former president of the Mark Twain Circle of America and the founding editor of The Mark Twain Annual. Since 2011, he has written the Mark Twain chapter in American Literary Scholarship.

    Contributors

    Gary Scharnhorst, Alan Gribben, John Bird, Kevin Mac Donnell, Henry B. Wonham, David E. E. Sloane, Joseph A. Alvarez, James Caron, Jeffrey Melton, Peter Messent, Bruce Michelson, Tracy Wuster, Kelly Richardson, Chad Rohman, James S. Leonard, Lawrence Howe, Harold K. Bush, Nathaniel Williams, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Kerry Driscoll, Hsuan L. Hsu, Ann M. Ryan, Laura Skandera-Trombley, Linda A. Morris, Gregg Camfield, Emily VanDette, Susan K. Harris, James Wharton Leonard, Joe B. Fulton, Joseph Csicsila, Selina Lai-Henderson, R. Kent Rasmussen, Judith Yaross Lee, Hillary Iris Lowe

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