Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target

The Functions of Criticism in Our Time

Author: Jonathan Arac

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299155339

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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If racially offensive epithets are banned on CNN air time and in the pages of USA Today, Jonathan Arac asks, shouldn’t a fair hearing be given to those who protest their use in an eighth-grade classroom? Placing Mark Twain’s comic 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. Huckleberry Finn, Arac points out, is America’s most beloved book, assigned in schools more than any other work because it is considered both the “quintessential American novel” and “an important weapon against racism.” But when some parents, students, and teachers have condemned the book’s repeated use of the word “nigger,” their protests have been vehemently and often snidely countered by cultural authorities, whether in the universities or in the New York Times and the Washington Post. The paradoxical result, Arac contends, is to reinforce racist structures in our society and to make a sacred text of an important book that deserves thoughtful reading and criticism. Arac does not want to ban Huckleberry Finn, but to provide a context for fairer, fuller, and better-informed debates. Arac shows how, as the Cold War began and the Civil Rights movement took hold, the American critics Lionel Trilling, Henry Nash Smith, and Leo Marx transformed the public image of Twain’s novel from a popular “boy’s book” to a central document of American culture. Huck’s feelings of brotherhood with the slave Jim, it was implied, represented all that was right and good in American culture and democracy. Drawing on writings by novelists, literary scholars, journalists, and historians, Arac 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, both nationally and globally. Encompassing discussion of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Archie Bunker, James Baldwin, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, and Mark Fuhrman, Arac’s book is trenchant, lucid, and timely.
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American Superrealism

Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s

Author: Jonathan Veitch

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299157036

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Nathanael West has been hailed as “an apocalyptic writer,” “a writer on the left,” and “a precursor to postmodernism.” But until now no critic has succeeded in fully engaging West’s distinctive method of negation. In American Superrealism, Jonathan Veitch examines West’s letters, short stories, screenplays and novels—some of which are discussed here for the first time—as well as West’s collaboration with William Carlos Williams during their tenure as the editors of Contact. Locating West in a lively, American avant-garde tradition that stretches from Marcel Duchamp to Andy Warhol, Veitch explores the possibilities and limitations of dada and surrealism—the use of readymades, scatalogical humor, human machines, “exquisite corpses”—as modes of social criticism. American Superrealism offers what is surely the definitive study of West, as well as a provocative analysis that reveals the issue of representation as the central concern of Depression-era America.
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Knowledge in the Making

Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America's Schools and Universities

Author: Joan DelFattore

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300168519

Category: Education

Page: 352

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How free are students and teachers to express unpopular ideas in public schools and universities? Not free enough, Joan DelFattore suggests. Wading without hesitation into some of the most contentious issues of our times, she investigates battles over a wide range of topics that have fractured school and university communities—homosexuality-themed children's books, research on race-based intelligence, the teaching of evolution, the regulation of hate speech, and more—and with her usual evenhanded approach offers insights supported by theory and by practical expertise. Two key questions arise: What ideas should schools and universities teach? And what rights do teachers and students have to disagree with those ideas? The answers are not the same for K–12 schools as they are for public universities. But far from drawing a bright line between them, DelFattore suggests that we must consider public education as a whole to determine how—and how successfully—it deals with conflicting views. When expert opinion clashes with popular belief, which should prevail? How much independence should K–12 teachers have? How do we foster the cutting-edge research that makes America a world leader in higher education? What are the free-speech rights of students? This uniquely accessible and balanced discussion deserves the full attention of everyone concerned with academic goals and agendas in our schools.
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Racism

A Selected Bibliography

Author: Albert J. Wheeler

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781594544798

Category: History

Page: 263

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Of all mankinds' vices, racism is one of the most pervasive and stubborn. Success in overcoming racism has been achieved from time to time, but victories have been limited thus far because mankind has focused on personal economic gain or power grabs ignoring generosity of the soul. This bibliography brings together the literature.
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Claiming the Stones, Naming the Bones

Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity

Author: Elazar Barkan,Ronald Bush

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 0892366737

Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 7041

These fourteen essays address controversies over a variety of cultural properties, exploring them from perspectives of law, archeology, physical anthropology, ethnobiology, ethnomusicology, history, and cultural and literary study. The book divides cultural property into three types: Tangible, unique property like the Parthenon marbles; intangible property such as folktales, music, and folk remedies; and communal "representations," which have lead groups to censor both outsiders and insiders as cultural traitors.
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Subject Guide to Books in Print

An Index to the Publishers' Trade List Annual

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

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Books in Print

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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.
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ESQ

A Journal of the American Renaissance

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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

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Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

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Scham, Schuld und Notwendigkeit

Eine Wiederbelebung antiker Begriffe der Moral

Author: Bernard Williams

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3050077174

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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Wie aktuell ist die Antike? Können wir Modernen von Homer etwas lernen und können wir mit Hilfe der antiken Tragödien einige tiefsitzende Mißverständnisse unserer Zeit von uns abschütteln? Auf diese Fragen antwortet Bernard Williams in einer faszinierenden Studie, die als sein Hauptwerk gilt, indem er insbesondere die antike Literatur von einseitigen modernen Deutungen befreit. Die Antike ist uns nicht nur viel näher als wir glauben, sie verfügt auch über Begriffe, die unser moralisches Selbstverständnis und die damit verbundenen unausweichlichen Konflikte besser beschreiben als unsere eigenen Begriffe.
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Ist Shakespeare tot?

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492974074

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Ein Dichter ohne Bücher? Ein Autor, der nicht einen Brief schrieb? Ein gefeierter Dramatiker und Schauspieler, an den sich kurz nach seinem Tod schon niemand mehr erinnert? Das Leben eines gewissen William Shakespeare aus dem englischen Provinzort Stratford upon Avon gab dem amerikanischen Literaten und scharfzüngigem Beobachter Mark Twain zu denken. Er besah sich die Tatsachen und formulierte seine Antwort auf die drängendste Frage der englischen Literaturgeschichte: War William Shakespeare wirklich der Dichter, für den wir ihn halten? - Niemand hat sich seither diesem unerschöpflichen Thema amüsanter und pointierter genähert als Mark Twain. »Ist Shakespeare tot?« ist ein Glanzstück literarischer Satire.
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Handbuch für den russischen Debütanten

Author: Gary Shteyngart

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 364440058X

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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Rasant, urkomisch und bitterböse. Vladimir Girshkin wurde in Leningrad geboren, mit zwölf kam er nach New York. Jetzt ist er 25 und fragt sich, ob sein Job im Emma-Lazarus-Verein zur Förderung der Einwandererintegration tatsächlich das Ziel all seiner Anpassungsstrategien gewesen sein soll. Jedenfalls will er endlich zu Geld kommen. Was liegt da näher, als bei der Russenmafia einzusteigen? Vladimir verlässt New York und stürzt sich in eine aberwitzige Blitzkarriere in Prawa, der Hauptstadt des Wilden Ostens. Schon bald scheint sich die amerikanische Tellerwäscherlegende für ihn zu erfüllen, doch dann geraten die Alte und die Neue Welt bedrohlich ins Wanken ... «Ein anarchischer Lesespaß, ein gnadenlos boshaftes Feuerwerk von Sprüchen und Pointen, Einfällen und Einsichten.» (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) «Gary Shteyngart ist ein virtuoser Geschichtenerzähler.» (The New York Times) «Western aus dem Wilden Osten: Gary Shteyngarts russisch-amerikanischer Roman ist klug und kurzweilig.» (Die ZEIT) «Ein gewitzter Kommentar auf die Ostblocknostalgie.» (Süddeutsche Zeitung) «Eine verführerische Mischung aus wohl überlegten Kalauern und historischen Anspielungen, identitätspolitischen Volten und zynischen Randbemerkungen.» (taz)
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Screenings

Wissen und Geschlecht in Musik, Theater, Film

Author: Andrea Ellmeier

Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Wien

ISBN: 9783205785200

Category: Feminism and the arts

Page: 165

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