We have all read some works of Mark Twain many years ago in school, but our understanding might be very different now, given our acquired knowledge and changes in our society. We revisit the life and works of this extremely important American writer. Through reading and discussing key excerpts from Twain’s prolific literary contributions students gain a new appreciation of the work of our own Connecticut Yankee. Excerpts from the texts will be provided online or in hard copy.
Week 1: Background and “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
Week 2: The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Week 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Week 4: Travel books: Innocents Abroad, Roughing It and Life on the Mississippi
Week 5: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Week 6: Essays; Autobiography
Conclusions: Why revisit Mark Twain?