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ALA Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline for proposals for ALA 2019 has been extended to January 9, 2019. See the call under the “Calls for Papers” tab.

Another Reminder About Hannibal Mark Twain Conference

July 25-27, 2019 – HANNIBAL, MISSOURI 

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is hosting its third Mark Twain Conference in Hannibal, Missouri, July 25-27, 2019. The museum is calling for papers for presentation at the conference. 

Abstracts for proposals are being accepted immediately through February 15, 2019. These should be e-mailed in Word format to Henry Sweets at for review. Abstracts should be 500-750 words in length. Presenters will be limited to a 20-minute presentation at the conference. 

Subject matter is wide open. Presentations are expected to address some topic related to Mark Twain, his life, or his works. Preference will be given to papers addressing Mark Twain in Hannibal, in Missouri, or on the Mississippi River. 

In addition to the papers being presented, the conference will include visits to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, touring Mark Twain Cave, riding the Mark Twain Riverboat, and traveling to Florida, Missouri, to the Mark Twain birthplace museum and the Quarles farm site. 

Contact Henry Sweets with any questions.
573-221-9010 extension 405


Reminder: CFP for 2019 Clemens Conference

The deadline for proposals for the 2019 Clemens Conference is February 15, 2019. See the call under the Calls for Papers tab. Mark Twain scholars and enthusiasts will gather again in Hannibal next July for an excellent conference!

Studies in American Humor, Special Issue: Mark Twain, Satire, and the “Assault of Laughter”

The editorial team of Studies in American Humor is happy to announce publication of a special issue:   Mark Twain, Satire, and “The Assault of Laughter.”

If you attended the Elmira conference in 2017, you may have heard earlier versions of these critical considerations.  We’re delighted to have the opportunity to present this work in one volume.

Before listing the tantalizing titles of the essays in the Table of Contents (below), we also want to call attention to a new feature that will begin in the next issue (5.1 Spring 2019) called “On Second Thought.”  This is our attempt to foster a dialogue between our contributors and our equally insightful readers, and we’ll be printing responses to any and all of the work contained in the special issue from readers like you.  We expect this to get traction with the Mark Twain special issue and be a regular feature going forward.  We know that you’re a group with a lot to say, so let’s hear it.


  1. Comic Assaults and Somersaults: An Introduction (pp. 137-143)

Judith Yaross Lee

  1. WTF Is Laughter to Mark Twain? (pp. 144-151)

Jennifer A. Hughes

  1. When the Candle Goes Out: The Complexity of Simple Jokes and the Limits of Satire (pp. 152-159)

Jeffrey Melton

  1. “Scribbling to excite the laughter of God’s creatures”: Some Thoughts on “Mere” Humor, Entertainment, and Pleasure (pp. 160-170)

Tracy Wuster

  1. Mark Twain’s “Assault of Laughter” and the Limits of Political Humor (pp. 171-182)

Holger Kersten

  1. Is Satire Compatible with Free Speech? (pp. 183-191)

Gregg Camfield

  1. The Pernicious Use of “Humorist” to Describe Mark Twain (and Other Comic Writers) (pp. 192-204)

James E. Caron

  1. Comic Outbreaks and Scholastic Discontents: a Response (pp. 205-215)

Bruce Michelson


–Larry Howe (editor), Jim Caron (senior assoc. editor), David Gillota (associate editor), Sabrina Fuchs Abrams (book review editor)


Mark Twain Fairy Tale to Be Made Into a Movie

The Mark Twain fairy tale, discovered at the Mark Twain Papers by John Bird then published as a book by Philip and Erin Stead, is going to be made into a movie by Fox Family. Here is a link to the article:

Fall “Trouble Begins” Lectures in Elmira Announced

The fall series of “Trouble Begins” Lectures in Elmira, presented by the Center for Mark Twain Studies, has been announced. Come if you can!

Deadline for Special Issue of The Mark Twain Annual

The deadline for submitting proposals for the special issue on Mark Twain and the Natural World of The Mark Twain Annual is tomorrow, September 1. See the call for proposals under the “Events and Calls for Papers” tab.