The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jonathan Arac

This literature criticism consists of approximately 43 pages of analysis & critique of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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Critical Essay by Jonathan Arac

SOURCE: Arac, Jonathan. “Nationalism and Hypercanonization.” In Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time pp. 133-153 Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

In the following essay, Arac disputes the idea that Huckleberry Finn, is emblematic of quintessential “American” values.

The Nationalization of Literary Narrative

I am not an Americanist by professional formation, and as in the 1980s I came to focus my teaching and reading in American literature, I was struck by what seemed to me, compared with other national literatures I knew or had studied, a state of hypercanonization. By hypercanonization I mean that a very few individual works monopolize curricular and critical attention: in fiction preeminently The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, and Huckleberry Finn. These works organize innumerable courses in high school, college, and graduate...

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