21L.702 Studies in Fiction: Stowe, Twain, and the Transformation of 19th-Century America

As taught in: Fall 2004

Images of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, ca. 1880. Mark Twain, ca. 1907. (Images courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction numbers, LC-USZ62-11212 and LC-USZ62-5513 (b&w film copy negatives)].)




Dr. Wyn Kelley

Course Description

This seminar looks at two bestselling nineteenth-century American authors whose works made the subject of slavery popular among mainstream readers. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain have subsequently become canonized and reviled, embraced and banned by individuals and groups at both ends of the political and cultural spectrum and everywhere in between.