The Trouble Begins Lecture Series Continues May 17

May 15 2017
Category: Twain

War Union Lecture the Center for Mark Twain Studies

The spring portion of the 2016-2017 The Trouble Begins Lecture Series, presented by the Center for Mark Twain Studies, continues Wednesday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Barn at Quarry Farm.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture, “Mark Twain, Unchaining the American Eagle,” will be presented by David E.E. Sloane, Professor of English at the University of New Haven. Twain’s predecessor Artemus Ward claimed he could live in Canada in the capacity of a Duke, if a vacancy occurred, but Mark Twain unchained Ward’s eagle in the four main components of his humor, which fulfilled Ward’s comic promise. Relying on entrepreneurialism, egalitarianism, egregiousness, and empathy, Twain stated the American vision through humor as no other American has before or since. Jokes from the humor of the Old Northeast and Twain’s own writings demonstrate his vision and how he presented it to the world.

Professor Sloane earned his Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1970 and has been incorrigible ever since. His books include Mark Twain As A Literary ComedianThe Literary Humor of The Urban Northeast, 1830-1890; American Humor Magazines and Comic Periodicals; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: American Comic Vision; and Mark Twain’s Humor: Critical Essays, among other works. He was the first Henry Nash Smith Fellow named by the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College.