Every two years, the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College hosts the International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies.
Among the scholars on deck for the 2009 conference is Takuya Kubo,Associate Professor at Japan's Kanazawa University. Professor Kubo specializes in 19th century American Literature, chiefly the work of Mark Twain, and his approach to Twain is an interesting one: He considers Twain's work through the lens of Masculinity Studies. The title of his conference paper is "Turn Us into Real Men: Mark Twain and his Incomplete Masculine Education."
A pdf of the full conference program is here.
All of this is by way of noting that Kubo found Finn an interesting exploration and expansion of Huck's possible masculine roots. And that's by way of explaining the photo seen above: Professor Kubo, reading Finn on the porch at Twain's beloved Quarry Farm, the very location where Huckleberry Finn himself was born.
What a world.
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