If you enjoy what you read here at Interminable Rambling, think about making a contribution on our Patreon page. A few weeks ago, I posted about my introductory lecture for the American literature course I am teaching at the University of Bergen, and over the past few posts I have been discussing various aspects of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). Today, … Read More Lecture for “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
If you enjoy what you read here at Interminable Rambling, think about making a contribution on our Patreon page. Over the past couple of posts, I’ve written about language in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). Today, I want to turn the attention to the paraliterary aspects of the novel, specifically E.W. Kemble’s illustrations. I have written about Kemble before, focusing on … Read More Illustrations in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
One topic that has always interested me is the visual representations of literary works. Visual artists from Gustave Dore and E.W. Kemble illustrated everything from Dante’s Divine Comedy (1320) to Paul Laurence Dunbar’s The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (1900). Thinking about these visual representations along with the text provides an interesting conversation, not just regarding how the images and texts interact but how … Read More What Does the Cover Say?
William Dean Howells’s review of Dunbar’s Majors and Minors appeared in Harper’s Weekly in 1896. At the beginning of the review, Howells mentions the photo of Dunbar that can be seen on one of the first pages of the book. In reference to the photo, Howells says, “In the present case I felt a heightened pathos in the appeal from the fact that the face which confronted me when … Read More Visual Accompaniments to Dunbar’s Work