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Author Hsu, Hsuan L., 1976- author.

Title Sitting in darkness : Mark Twain's Asia and comparative racialization / Hsuan L. Hsu.

Published New York ; London : New York University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  818.409 HSU    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series America and the long 19th century.
America and the long 19th century.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-227) and index.
Contents 1 "A Witness More Powerful than Himself": Race, Testimony, and Twain's Courtroom Farces 27 -- 2 Vagrancy and Comparative Racialization in Huckleberry Finn and "Three Vagabonds of Trinidad" 53 -- 3 "Coolies" and Corporate Personhood in Those Extraordinary Twins 83 -- 4 A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of Wu Chih Tien: Imperial Romance and Chinese Modernization 109 -- 5 Body Counts and Comparative Anti-imperial ism 139.
Summary "Perhaps the most popular of all canonical American authors, Mark Twain is famous for creating works that satirize American formations of race and empire. While many scholars have explored Twain's work in African Americanist contexts, his writing on Asia and Asian Americans remains largely in the shadows. In Sitting in Darkness, Hsuan Hsu examines Twain's career-long archive of writings about United States relations with China and the Philippines. Comparing Twain's early writings about Chinese immigrants in California and Nevada with his later fictions of slavery and anti-imperialist essays, he demonstrates that Twain's ideas about race were not limited to white and black, but profoundly comparative as he carefully crafted assessments of racialization that drew connections between groups, including African Americans, Chinese immigrants, and a range of colonial populations. Drawing on recent legal scholarship, comparative ethnic studies, and transnational and American studies, Sitting in Darkness engages Twain's best-known novels such as Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, as well as his lesser-known Chinese and trans-Pacific inflected writings, such as the allegorical tale "A Fable of the Yellow Terror" and the yellow face play Ah Sin. Sitting in Darkness reveals how within intersectional contexts of Chinese Exclusion and Jim Crow, these writings registered fluctuating connections between immigration policy, imperialist ventures, and racism"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Knowledge -- Asia.
Asian Americans in literature.
Chinese in literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9781479880416