Course Description for Mark Twain's America
Mark Twain's America
This course covers American society, culture, and politics during Mark Twain's lifetime, 1835-1910. The readings for the course consist in the main of books and essays written by Mark Twain. The premise of the course is that, if one studies American history while reading Twain, one can better appreciate his major literary works; conversely, if one reads Twain while studying American history, one can gain insights into past events not found in conventional history texts.