Shmoop on Huck Finn: Guest Blogger Jeanne Torrence Finley

Thanks to Alex Joyner for inviting me to be a guest blogger on Heartlands.


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My colleague Jeanne Torrence Finley has been writing about art and justice on her new blog Tell It Slant, (which you should definitely check out).  Today she joins my defense of Huck Finn by discovering an oddly-named defender of satire in literature:

When Alex wrote on February 18  (“In Praise of Uncomfortable Books:  Huck and Harper Revisited”) about the decision by the Duluth, Minnesota school district to remove Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird from required reading lists, I knew I couldn’t keep quiet.   As a writer and former English teacher, I don’t understand censorship of two of the most clearly anti-racists books in American literature.  Expanding the curricula of schools toward diversity is essential, but it doesn’t require banning books like Huckleberry Finn, which is all the more remarkable in its denunciation of racism because it was…

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Religious Satire

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I’m part of the team of writers for FaithLink,  the United Methodist Publishing House curriculum on current events and faith.  My FaithLink essay “Religious Satire” was picked up today by the Ministry Matters site.  This issue is based on Terry Lindvall’s book God Mocks:  A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert.  NY: New York University Press, 2015.