HUMS 636
The Invention of Mark Twain: Reading the Major Works

Charles Baraw

Required Texts

Mark Twain,   
The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrims Progress (Penguin)                      
Roughing It (Mark Twain Library, U Cal)                       
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (U Cal)                       
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Norton)                       
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Pudd n’head Wilson and Other Tales (Norton)                       
The Devil’s Race Track (U Cal)

Stephen Railton,
Mark Twain in His Times, website @ UVA.

Writing Assignments

Exercise 1: “Book Review” or “Imitation” of Innocents Abroad or Roughing It
Exercise 2: Close Reading of Twain’s style, 4-5 p.p.
Exercise 3: Prospectus for final paper, 2 p.p. (posted on Blackboard)
Final Paper: Critical essay that responds to at least three outside sources, 10-12 pp.

Course Schedule
Week 1

Tom Sawyer                       
Railton: PreTexts, Publicity & Selected Illustrations

Week 2

Innocents Abroad and selections from Roughing It:
Chapter 1, Dreams & Visions; Chapter 4, At a Station; Chapter 7, Bemis’ Buffalo Hunt; Chapter 12, The South Pass; Chapter 19, The Noble Red Man; Chapter 24, The Mexican Plug; Chapter 47, Scotty Briggs & the Minister; Chapter 53, Jim  Blaine & His Grandfather’s Ram; Chapter 54, Chinese Immigration; Chapter 79                        Railton: Mapping the West, Lecture Tour Maps & The Savage Tour                       

Exercise 1: Book Review or Imitation of Innocents or Roughing It

Week 3

Twain & The East Coast Literary Establishment                       
“How to tell of Story” & “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”                       
"The Whittier Birthday Dinner Speech" & "Story of a Speech"                       
Railton: “Mark Twain’s” Voice & His Speeches

Week 4

Huck Finn                      
Railton: Pre-texts & Publicity

Week 5

Huck Finn                       
Railton: Illustrations & Seeing Jim                       
Railton: Reviews & Touring With Huck

Week 6

Huck Finn Discussion: Teaching the Controversy                       
Essays from the Norton, TBA                        
Exercise 2: Close Reading of Twain’s style, 4-5 p.p.

Week 7

Connecticut Yankee                        
 Railton: PreTexts, Publicity & Camelot & Technology

Week 8

Connecticut Yankee Discussion                       
Railton: Reviews                        
Woloch: The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters

Week 9

Those Extraordinary Twins                       
 Railton: Twain & Twins, PreTexts & Illustrations

Week 10

Pudd'nhead Wilson & Reading Race in Twain                       
Eric Sundquist, To Wake the Nations (“Mark Twain and Homer Plessy”)
Terrell Dempsey, Searching for Jim : Slavery in Sam Clemens's World
Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua, The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Huckleberry Finn

Week 11

Political Twain                       
"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"                        
"To the Person Sitting in Darkness,” "The War Prayer" &                       
"The United States of Lyncherdom"                       
Exercise 3: Prospectus for final paper, 2 p.p. (posted on Blackboard)

Week 12

Selections from The Devil's Race-Track (1)                       
"Which Was the Dream?" "The Great Dark" & "Which Was It"                         
"3000 Years Among the Microbes"

Week 13

Presentation of Final Projects           
Final Paper: Critical essay, responding to three outside sources,10-12 pp.