By Peter Messent, Louis J. Budd
This broad-ranging spouse brings jointly revered American and eu critics and a couple of up-and-coming students to supply an outline of Twain, his historical past, his writings, and his position in American literary history.
- One of the main broad-ranging volumes to seem on Mark Twain in contemporary years.
- Brings jointly revered Twain critics and a couple of more youthful students within the box to supply an summary of this primary determine in American literature.
- Places particular emphasis at the ways that Twain's works stay either correct and critical for a twenty-first century audience.
- A concluding essay evaluates the altering panorama of Twain criticism.
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As such, any notion of human nature is a theory of the human. Merle Curti has identified four fundamental theories of human nature: 1 2 3 4 Human nature is innately constituted apart from experience. Human nature has alleged psychological powers or faculties – perception, memory, judgment, desire. Human nature is essentially empty or formless. Human nature can be identified only through its institutions or products – language, religion, government, etc. (Curti 1980: 4–7) Revolutionary scientific advances in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – in genetics, biology, physiology, and psychology – have considerably modified our notion of the human.
First publ. ) Budd, Louis J. (1962). Mark Twain: Social Philosopher. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Budd, Louis J. (1983). Our Mark Twain: The Making of his Public Personality. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Budd, Louis J. (1995). ” In Forrest G. , The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain, 1–26. New York: Cambridge University Press. Budd, Louis J. (2002). ” American Literary Realism 34: 3 (Spring), 265–80. DeVoto, Bernard (1932). Mark Twain’s America. Boston: Little, Brown.
Clemens himself thought his philosophy was scandalous. The philosopher Paul Carus found it something of a commonplace and observed that Twain’s thinking accorded well enough with the facts of science and psychology. Nonetheless, Carus was puzzled by a peculiarity: Clemens’s evident belief that the mind (or “me”) was separable from the mechanical operations of thought. A related peculiarity has to do with his insistence on individual “temperament” as part of human nature. It is probably too much to say that his system attained to the rank of philosophy.
A Companion to Mark Twain by Peter Messent, Louis J. Budd