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The Birth of Huck's Nation

Jonathan Arac

in Impure Worlds

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231782
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.003.0005
The Birth of Huck's Nation

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The book Huckleberry Finn was written to challenge dominant common places of American literary study and education. This deals with the development of the book's perspectives for an international interdisciplinary discussion concerning the relationships between “cultural property” and “national and ethnic identity.” Writing for an interdisciplinary and global audience makes the author want to be certain that we hold in common a few fundamental facts about Huckleberry Finn as a cultural object in the United States. This part also answers the question why did Huckleberry Finn become the most widely taught American book, in schools at all levels despite the fact that not all cultural authorities participate in hyper canonization or idolatry.

Keywords: Huckleberry Finn; American education; cultural property; canonization; national identity; ethnic identity; United States

Chapter.  5888 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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