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SRJC English Department's
Fall 2008 & Spring 2009

Work of Literary Merit (WOLM)

 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

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To find information about Mark Twain and his work, try some of the following sources:

 

Online Information Sources   -   E-Books ... Articles ... Websites & Television
Printed Information Sources on Library Reserve - Books ... Articles  
Films & Videos on Reserve - Films on Reserve
SRJC Lectures & Events - Schedule of events

 


 

 

Online Information Sources

 

e-Books
Articles from Magazines, Journals and Literary Reference Books
Selected Websites on Mark Twain and His Work

 

E-Books

(Are you off campus? -- To use the online sources below, enter your SRJC Student ID number and PIN when requested by the computer. Don't remember your Student ID number or PIN? Go to the login page for the Student Portal and click the Login button. On the left side of the page, click "I do not know my ____ (Student ID or PIN) .

The SRJC Library shares a collection of electronic books with other community college libraries in California. This collection includes a number of e-books on Mark Twain and his work.

 

Online Articles from Magazines, Journals and Literary Reference Books

(Are you off campus? -- To use the online sources below, enter your SRJC Student ID number and PIN when requested by the computer. Don't remember your Student ID number or PIN? Go to the login page for the Student Portal and click the Login button. On the left side of the page, click "I do not know my ____ (Student ID or PIN) .

 

Literature Resource Center
Find biographical information about Mark Twain as well as literary criticism of his writing, including his novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . The information is drawn from sets of standard library reference books such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism .
Expanded Academic ASAP (InfoTrac)
The Expanded Academic ASAP database (formerly called "InfoTrac") contains articles on many topics from magazines and scholarly journals. A Subject Guide search for "twain mark " (not "mark twain ") or an Advanced searchfor person name "twain" and title "huckleberry finn " will locate articles (including literary criticism) in online magazines as well as in print copies of magazines held in the SRJC libraries. You can also search Expanded Academic ASAP for topics which are related to Huckleberry Finn such as racism, race relations, etc.
 
JSTOR
This database contains over 1,000 scholarly articles about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
ProQuest Databases
ProQuest offers articles from magazines and scholarly journals on Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn , and on related themes such as Mark Twain and racism .

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Books, Articles and Films on Library Reserve for the WOLM

A collection of books and journal articles about Mark Twain, his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and related topics has been placed on reserve in the SRJC libraries for the WOLM project. In addition, several films may be be viewed inside the SRJC libraries.

Doyle Library: Ask for books and articles at the Reserve Books Desk on the fourth floor; ask for films in the Media Services Department on the ground floor.

Mahoney Library: Ask for books, articles at the Circulation Desk; ask for films at the Media Desk.


Selected Websites for the WOLM Project

Mark Twain and His Work
Themes Related to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Websites on Mark Twain and His Work

Mark Twain in His Times
From University of Virginia faculty member Stephen Railton, this website presents texts, illustrations, discussion and more related to Mark Twain, his times and his work. The section on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn talks about ways in which the novel came to be published, offers the complete text of the novel, allows users to search for specific words or phrases in Twain's works, links to original reviews of Huckleberry Finn, and demonstrates ways in which slavery, race & class were illustrated in Twain's works. For a brief introduction, follow Railton's "Sample This Site" link.
 
Mark Twain Papers and Project
This collection located at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, offers access to virtually every document in Mark Twain's handwriting known to survive--notebooks, letters by him or his immediate family, letters to them, manuscripts, photos and more. You can now read and search over 2,300 of the letters online, and writings, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be coming online in 2008. See also Mark Twain Here and Abroad, an exhibit about Twain's travels, including time spent along the Mississippi River.
 

 

Websites on Themes Related to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Notes
Instructor's brief notes cover historical background, characters, setting, point of view, themes and symbolism in the novel.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS)
"Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, "Jim Crow" came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. ... This website, designed to accompany a PBS television series, explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement--lynchings and beatings by night, demeaning treatment by day, and a life of crushing subordination for Southern blacks that was maintained by white supremacist laws and customs known as 'Jim Crow'."
Blackface Minstrelsy
Describes the blackface minstrel shows popular in Mark Twain's time. In the minstrel show white entertainers put on blackface and "imitated" or "caricatured" slaves in the South and ex-slaves in the North. This article compares two dialogues taken from a 19th century minstrel text with two passages from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
"Finding Jim Behind the Mask: The Revelation of African American Humanity in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Article by Leslie Gregory, in Ampersand, a refereed electronic journal of undergraduate work, discusses how Twain used the minstrel tradition when he created Jim's character, throughout the novel he also shows his readers Jim the human being.


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SRJC WOLM Lectures & Events    
Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 Noon
Newman Auditorium (Santa Rosa campus)

Song of Ourselves

  Richard Speakes, instructor, SRJC English Department

Monday, April 20, 12:00 Noon
Newman Auditorium (Santa Rosa campus)

Dark Side of the Machine in Huck Finn

  Karen Walker, instructor, SRJC English Department

Monday, April 27, 12:00 Noon
Newman Auditorium (Santa Rosa campus)

Playing Double in Huck Finn: Lies in American Life

Photo of Tad Wakefield Tad Wakefield, instructor, SRJC English Department

 

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