Mark Twain was a prolific writer whose career spanned a tumultuous time in American history. Beyond being prolific, Twain was also comfortable experimenting with a variety of genres of writing from fiction to non-fiction travel essays and humorous sketches that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. This panel would look at a variety of works and ask questions such as: How did Twain treat themes like race, gender, the environment and income inequality? Also, in what ways was Twain a product of his time, how were his works shaped by the world around him and how do they resonate today?
This panel will take place at NeMLA's 2016 convention in Hartford, CT between March 17 and March 20.