SEMINAR PROFILE

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"Headin' out fer the territory": Huckleberry Finn and American Freedom.
   
  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was infamous when it appeared, in 1885, not, as now, for the scandal of slavery and race hatred, but because it featured a juvenile delinquent as a hero--a runaway orphan, who is also a tramp, a smoker, impious, genially contemptuous of his elders and betters, and an unrepentant thief, insofar as he abets a runaway slave's escape. By 1935, in The Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway had this to say about the book: "All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." Allowing for the hyperbole, this marks the beginning of the generally held conviction that Twain's story of Huck's companionship with the escaped slave Jim is our national epic. We will explore what that claim means, and why Huck's refusal to be good in the sense his world gave that term is now seen as a model of heroic American virtue, and of comic American wisdom........... A NEW TAS FORMAT: 2020-21 marks the second year of a three-part series on 3 seminal American novels: Moby Dick (May 2020), Huckleberry Finn (May 2021) and All the King''s Men (May 2022). The point of the series is to experience milestones in American literature, and ask to what extent these books reported on the enduring American experience, created it, or predicted it. ......The SCHEDULE: A new 3 part program formate will allow those who participated in the Moby Dick class in 2020, The Huckleberry Finn class (2021) and All the King's Men (2022) to study all 3 novels. Two-day summer classes (Dates, TBA) will be offered in for all 3 novels. More information will follow on this unique opportunity to experience milestones in American literature, and ask to what extent these books reported on the enduring American experience, created it, or predicted it. *There will be a small tuition charge for the two-day summer classes
       
   
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Location:
Harvard University-Rosovsky Hall
   
Dates:
5/3/2021, 5/10/2021