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The Twain Legacy - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Bride, James H., (host.). Kanopy (Firm) (Added Author).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 30 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.

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Originally produced by TMW Media in 2005.
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The Twain Legacy offers students and teachers an insight into the life and writings of Mark Twain, a significant 19th century American literary icon. ́The Twain Legacý is divided into five chapters intended for class and individual learning and discussion. Knowledgeable scholars explore themes, ideas and narrative style in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. By examining and exploring why his historical and moral concerns were important, the presenters weave Twaińs themes of slavery, prejudice and class into a coherent awareness. Chapter 1- Twain Overview: Mark Twain is the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemons, born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1835 and died in 1910 in Reddington, Connecticut. Twain experienced a mixture of careers including journalism, riverboat piloting, essayist, short story writer and novelist, especially in 1885, with the publication of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ironically, his pen name, Mark Twain, means smooth sailing, which is in contrast to the stormy subjects explored in his stories. Chapter 2 - Twaińs Hannibal, Missouri: Twaińs personal and professional experiences from childhood and adult recollections are all intertwined in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His narrative offers an abundance of serious and humorous incidences that reveal life experiences on the American frontier. Twaińs upbringing in Hannibal, Missouri, where slavery was still a fact of life, had a great influence on his fictional character developments as well as illuminating accounts of racial relations in America. Chapter 3 - Twainś Use of Dialect: Twain listened and wrote with great respect for all Americans, especially African-American speakers. From early childhood and into adulthood, Twain heard their dialogue and wrote with accuracy and empathy. Well known writers, Shelly Fisher Fishkin, Justin Kaplan and David Lionel Smith shed new light on Jim and Hucḱs dialect and its importance in 19th century American literature. Though many critics penned acerbic comments about Jiḿs dialect, few could criticize Twaińs attempts to bring this correct voice for African Americans and Midwestern Americans into fiction. Chapter 4 - Twaińs Awareness of Slavery: In the 1870s slavery and Reconstruction were controversial in America. Mark Twain weaves the themes of slavery, prejudice and class effectively and controversially in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With numerous suggestions about the challenges in protecting Jim as a slave, various events reveal prejudice and class distinctions among the wealthy and corrupt to imposters and charlatans. Chapter 5 - Twaińs Use of Irony: As a literary stratagem, irony, can be so subtle that readers might misunderstand the authoŕs real intention for its use. Twaińs irony stimulates discussion in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn about Jim and Huck escaping oppression: Jim to freedom and Huck to the west. In it first publication Twaińs use of irony proved baffling to many critics and readers. This chapter advances discussion regarding Twain's genius in writing a book that still resonates with vibrancy, controversy and authority.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Authors, American > Biography.
Genre: Documentary films.

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