If you are planning on attending the joint conference of the Mark Twain Circle and American Humor Studies Association, “Humor in America” (Chicago, July 12-14), note that the deadline for conference hotel registration ends on June 11. Here is the link to the hotel information: https://humorinamericaconference.wordpress.com/hotel-information/
At the American Literature Association annual conference in May in San Francisco, new officers were elected. Lawrence Howe of Roosevelt University was elected president, and Sharon D. McCoy of the University of Georgia was elected vice president. Many thanks to Kerry Driscoll of the University of Saint Joseph for her service as president.
The 2018 Mark Twain Annual will be the last for editor Chad Rohman of Dominican University. We welcome the fourth editor of the journal, Ben Click, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, who will edit the 2019 edition.
CFP: Mark Twain and Social Activism
SAMLA 90 Conference
November 2-4, 2018
Even a casual reader of Mark Twain’s writing will notice the author’s status as a trenchant social critic. Works such as Puddn’head Wilson, “King Leopold’s Soliloquy,” “The War Prayer,” and, indeed, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have long been established among the most important anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and pro-democratic texts of the later twentieth century. What is less understood is Twain’s relationship to actual political action and activism. How did he position himself in relation to the period’s reformers, revolutionaries, and other activists? Did he participate directly or indirectly in activist movements? Or did his participation begin and end with his writings?
This panel looks to explore these questions by inviting papers that discuss Twain’s relationship to reform, revolution, and activism. We welcome essays about all stages of Twain’s career and the vast array of social causes that he took on during his lifetime.
Please email an abstract (of no more than 350 words) and a brief biographical note to Alex Beringer (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 17th 2018.
I am sorry to send the news that noted Mark Twain scholar Lawrence Berkove died yesterday. Larry Berkove was a friend, model, and mentor for many in the Mark Twain world, as well as a former president of the Mark Twain Circle of America. Larry leaves behind a legacy of impeccable scholarship. Condolences can be sent to his wife:
Southfield, MI 48076
This tribute to Larry Berkove from the Mark Twain Journal was written by Joseph Csiscila, Larry’s student, collaborator, and friend:
Jocelyn Chadwick offers her informed opinion on the controversy over removing Huckleberry Finn from reading lists in Duluth, MN. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4432101-scholars-view-understand-present-dig-past-texts-finn
You can download and stream the recent talk by Ron Powers, see the spring lineup of speakers, and read an interesting article about students responding to sensitive texts by clicking on the webpage for Elmira College’s Center for Mark Twain Studies: http://marktwainstudies.com/