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Was Huck Black?: Mark Twain and African-American Voices
Published in 1884, Huckberry Finn has become one of the most widely taught novels in American curricula. But where did it come from, and what made it so distinctive? Shelly Fisher Fishkin suggests that in Huckleberry Finn, more than in any other work, Mark Twain let African-American voices, language, and rhetorical traditions play a major role in the creation of his art. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published April 29th 1993)
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Having worked at The Mark Twain House for 10 years and answered the question "Wasn't Twain a racist?" countless times, this book made my job easier. Dr. Fisher outlines various pieces of evidence to deconstruct peoples' beliefs about 19th Century language and Twain's life as well as Huck Finn itself.
Shelley Fisher Fishkin is a Professor of English, Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, and Director of American Studies at Stanford University. She is the author, editor or co-editor of over forty books and has published over eighty articles, essays and reviews. Issues of gender figure prominently in her most recent monograph, Feminist Engagements: Forays into American Literature and Culture ...moreMore about Shelley Fisher Fishkin...