ERIC Number: ED489771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-28
Reference Count: 0
Huck Finn's "Hidden" Lessons: Teaching and Learning across the Color Line
Rush, Sharon E.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
This book questions the educational suitability of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in the classroom. The author argues that the book teaches misguided lessons about race relations. "Huck Finn's 'Hidden' Lessons" challenges the more typical understanding of Huck Finn and guides readers through an analysis that demonstrates how racism functions in the book and the classroom. This book is divided into two parts. Part one, "Huck" the Novel "Introduction: What is the Problem?", presents the following chapters: (1) Twain and the Color Line; (2) The Legal Roots of Racism during Twain's Lifetime: The "Separate but Equal" Doctrine; (3) "Huck" and Emotional Segregation: A Culture of Disrespect in the Classroom; and (4) "Huck" and the Canon of American Literature. Part two, Teaching the Novel, presents the remaining chapters of the book: (5) Teaching Democratic Values; (6) How a Decision to Teach "Huck" Conflicts with Teaching Democratic Values and Authenticity; (7) What Do Children Know about Race; (8) Emotional Intelligence: A Culture of Respect and Equality in the Classroom; and (9) So What Do We Do with "Huck"?
Descriptors: United States Literature, Race, Novels, Democratic Values, Racial Relations, Emotional Intelligence, Censorship, Controversial Issues (Course Content), English Curriculum, Racial Bias
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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