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The Resource Achilles and the tortoise : Mark Twain's fictions, Clark Griffith

Achilles and the tortoise : Mark Twain's fictions, Clark Griffith

Label
Achilles and the tortoise : Mark Twain's fictions
Title
Achilles and the tortoise
Title remainder
Mark Twain's fictions
Statement of responsibility
Clark Griffith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Covering the entire body of Mark Twain's fiction, Clark Griffith in Achilles and the Tortoise answers two questions: How did Mark Twain write? and Why is he funny? Griffith defines and demonstrates Mark Twain's poetics and, in doing so, reveals Twain's ability to create and sustain human laughter. More thoroughly and authoritatively than any other critic, Griffith shows that the underlying effect of Twain's humor is negativistic, pessimistic, and nihilistic. Through a close reading of the fictions - short and long, early and late - Griffith contends that Mark Twain's strength lay not in comedy or in satire or (as the 19th century understood the term) even in the practice of humor. Rather his genius lay in the joke, specifically the "sick joke." For all his finesse and seeming variety, Twain tells the same joke, with its single cast of doomed and damned characters, its single dead-end conclusion, over and over endlessly. As he attempted to attain the comic resolution and comically transfigured characters he yearned for, Twain forever played the role of the Achilles of Zeno's Paradox. Like the tortoise that Achilles cannot overtake in Zeno's tale, the richness of comic life forever remained outside Twain's grasp
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1924-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Griffith, Clark
Dewey number
818/.409
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1338
LC item number
.G75 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Twain, Mark
  • Humorous stories, American
Label
Achilles and the tortoise : Mark Twain's fictions, Clark Griffith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-278) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Melville and Mark Twain
  • A Theory of Twinning
  • The Practices of Twinning
  • Conclusion: April Fools!
  • Introduction: The Essays: Form and Content
  • Mark Twain and the "Infernal Twoness": An Essay on the Comic
  • Mark Twain and the Sick Joke: An Essay on Laughter
  • Sam Clemens and G.S. Weaver; Hank Morgan and Mark Twain: An Essay on Books and Reality
  • Tom Sawyer: An Essay on Romantic Folly
  • Huckleberry Finn: An Essay on the Dilemmas of Realism
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson: An Essay on Triumphant Reality
  • Mark Twain and Melville: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Twinship
Control code
ocm37451828
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 284 pages
Isbn
9780817309039
Lccn
97033330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)37451828
Label
Achilles and the tortoise : Mark Twain's fictions, Clark Griffith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-278) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Melville and Mark Twain
  • A Theory of Twinning
  • The Practices of Twinning
  • Conclusion: April Fools!
  • Introduction: The Essays: Form and Content
  • Mark Twain and the "Infernal Twoness": An Essay on the Comic
  • Mark Twain and the Sick Joke: An Essay on Laughter
  • Sam Clemens and G.S. Weaver; Hank Morgan and Mark Twain: An Essay on Books and Reality
  • Tom Sawyer: An Essay on Romantic Folly
  • Huckleberry Finn: An Essay on the Dilemmas of Realism
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson: An Essay on Triumphant Reality
  • Mark Twain and Melville: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Twinship
Control code
ocm37451828
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 284 pages
Isbn
9780817309039
Lccn
97033330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)37451828

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