Refiguring Huckleberry Finn

University of Georgia Press, 2003 - 248 .
Much about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is ageless, yet its author was completely immersed in the age in which he wrote. Refiguring Huckleberry Finn looks at ways that contemporary American culture and history influenced the formation of Mark Twains masterwork. It also shows how the novel reflects Twains deep investment in what Carl F. Wieck calls an open-minded, unbiased perception of the wellsprings of the American spirit.

Clearly, Twain knew the Mississippi River and its people well. With Frederick Douglass, William Dean Howells, Ulysses S. Grant, and John Hay (Abraham Lincolns personal secretary) among his friends, Twain also knew America. That understanding, Wieck shows us, is richly evident in Huckleberry Finn by the ways Twain explored themes of justice, rights, knowledge, and truth; engaged with the ideas of Douglass, Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson; and expressed concern over the public discourse on race and equality.

In addition, in discussions that range from number play in the novel to the symbolic potential of the Mississippis awesome, one-way flow, Wieck looks closely at Twains storytelling craft. Filled with new and challenging insights, Refiguring Huckleberry Finn reintroduces us to one of our greatest novels and one of our finest novelists.


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Jefferson Lincoln and Huckleberry Finn I 1
Going with the Flow?
nine On Black and White in Huckleberry Finn I
ten I Never Seen Anybody but Lied One Time or Another
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Carl F. Wieck is Senior Lecturer Emeritus and Docent in American Literature and American Studies, Tampere University, Finland.