The fifteen papers included in this volume edited by Robert W. Hamblin and Melanie Speight were presented at the Faulkner and Twain Conference hosted by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies in Cape Girardeau, October 19–21, 2006.
The essays include the conference keynote address by Robert Brinkmeyer, a noted Southern Studies scholar from the University of South Carolina; essays by M. Thomas Inge, a widely published Southern literature scholar from Randolph-Macon College, and Leland Krauth, a well-known Twain scholar from the University of Colorado; and additional papers by scholars from Canada, France, Japan, and the United States.
The various essays discuss Faulkner’s and Twain’s treatment of such topics as humor, the frontier, the Mississippi River, race relations, politics, detective fiction and death.
Includes the following essays:
South x West: Faulkner and Twain at the Crossroads
Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr.
Plundering the Old Southwest: Twain and Faulkner as Reivers
Twain, Faulkner, and the Humor of the Old South: Southern Narrative and the Technique of Disclosure
“That Doomed and Fatal Blood”: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Unvanquished
David M. Monteith
Huck Goes to Harvard
Laurel E. Eason
Faulkner’s Hucks and Jims
Robert W. Hamblin
The Mulatto Avenger in Twain and Faulkner: Miscegenation and Identity in the South
Can Affectation Lead to Freedom?: Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson
Alisa M. Smith-Riel
Step Right Up: Spectacle and Showmanship in Pudd’nhead Wilson and The Hamlet
Absorbed in Reading the “Worst Heart of the World”: Faulkner, Twain, and Their “Failed Detectives”
From Unreadable Experience to Initiation: The River in Twain’s Life on the Mississippi and Faulkner’s “Old Man”
To Kill a Prejudice: Racial Relations and the Lynch Mob in Twain, Faulkner, and Harper Lee
M. Thomas Inge
Weeping or Wanting: Post-Death Dislocation in Moral Constructs in Faulkner, Twain, and Zola
Swinks and Snopeses: The Germ of the “Global Provincial” in Twain and Faulkner
Mary A. Knighton
Faulkner, Twain, and Just About Everybody Not Currently Working in Washington
Charles A. Peek
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