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The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Huckleberry Finn Paperback – July 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1578060610 ISBN-10: 1578060613 Edition: Presumed to be 1st as edition is unstated

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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; Presumed to be 1st as edition is unstated edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578060613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578060610
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Just when it seems unlikely that anyone can have anything further to say about the issue of race in Mark Twain's masterpiece, along comes this little volume. It argues with passion backed by impressive historical research that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not the botched work of a racist writer but rather a masterfully controlled and devastating attack on racism and slavery. Chadwick-Joshua (American studies, Dallas Inst. for the Humanities) reconstructs the mindset of 19th-century readers more aware than today's of the terrible inhumanity of slavery. She discusses the way movie versions have undercut the satirical thrust of the novel and shows how Twain creates in Jim a fully human character and uses the numerous other African Americans in his novel to shatter stereotypes. Perhaps the freshest aspect of this book is the way Chadwick-Joshua shows how throwaway details operate to sharpen and unify Twain's satire. Highly recommended for all libraries.?Charles Crawford Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Teksiz on December 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua's slim volume packs a lot of power. As an African-American rhetorician and Twain scholar, she eloquently makes the case for book's continued study. Using the lexicon of classical rhetoric, she carefully examines the role of Jim in Twain's book to show that he is elevated to a place of prominence and importance in conveying Twain's message of humanity. She examines closely Jim's words, his dialogues with Huck, and the language of slavery used by the society in the novel as a way of exposing Twain's methods.
If one carefully reads Twain's masterpiece and then thoughtfully reads Chadwick-Joshua's book, s/he must surely see that _Adventures of Huckleberry Finn_ needs to remain an important element in the American landscape of literature. Without Twain's honest look at race in the 19th century, an important part of the American experience would be lost. We need this book, black and white alike. __The Jim Dilemma_ helps us to appreciate Huck and Jim's journey to freedom all the more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelina on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just read this book. I wish I could tell the author how much I appreciated it.

The author examines Twain's feelings towards black people. Intellectually, he knew slavery and discrimination were wrong. But he struggled with the concept of regarding black people as equal to whites. In life, he became very close to some blacks, especially one man, who worked for him and his family and respected him, and it could be said loved him. As time went on, he became more fair in his beliefs, though not equivalent to how we think today, I would say.
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Thoughtful and engaging analysis of the role of race in Huckleberry Finn. A useful and inspiring read for teachers and Twain enthusiasts. For teachers, it will better help you defend the teaching of this often controversial literary classic to students, parents, and administration.
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