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Mark Twain and the Feminine Aesthetic : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Peter Stoneley

Mark Twain and the Feminine Aesthetic

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

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Published: 27th March 1992
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This book traces the ways in which Mark Twain was formed by, and sought to manipulate, the ideology of gender. Feminine and masculine values exist via their opposition to and interplay with each other, and Twain, a representative masculine figure, provides a useful focal point for an exploration of the subject. Not only did Twain address himself directly to the conflicting and complementary aspects of gendered culture, but his models of history are strongly marked by the same issue: his exploitation of North/male - South/female associations is investigated, as well as the significance of individual figures such as Joan of Arc. Stoneley considers the range of Twain's writing, including classic works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn genteel fiction such as The Prince and the Pauper and embittered autobiographical fragments. Twain's preoccupation with the nature and value of the 'feminine' has long been recognised as a central feature of his writing. Stoneley goes beyond generalisations to provide a detailed analysis; his book will be of interest to scholars and students of American literature, cultural history and gender studies.

"Stoneley's examination of Twain's representations of women and of feminine culture reveals the wider contradictions of his work...More than this, Stoneley offers a necessary corrective to the customary schismatic presentation of the female and marks a useful continuation of inquiry into what Alfred Habegger has called, in a phrase from Henry James, the 'Woman Business' in nineteenth-century America." Ian F. A. Bell, Language & History

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
Introduction
Mark Twain's early career
The Mississippi Valley
The Prince and the Pauper and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
A Horse's Tale and Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among the Indians
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy
'To the Unborn Reader'
Conclusion
Note on the texts and list of abbreviations
Index
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ISBN: 9780521405492
ISBN-10: 0521405491
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 27th March 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5