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Michael MacBride <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:28:42 -0600
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I immediately think about the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons episode from
Huck.  Even without a map, it's pretty clear where the boundaries are, and
one can easily create a map from his description.  And, that episode could
be read as a critique of line-drawing and how arbitrary boundaries can be
(and yet how prideful people can feel about "their" side of the line).


On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 12:13 PM, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>

> The only map Twain provides, that occurs to me at the moment, is the map
> of Nevada toll roads in Roughing It.  It seems his sense of the spatial
> as well as the temporal take a back seat to his sense of story.
> On Sat, 2015-01-03 at 11:37 -0600, Hal Bush wrote:
> > Happy New Year to all;  and I have one metaphor to ask everyone to
> > consider:
> >
> > I've been struck with the (somewhat obscure to me, anyway) conversation
> > about the mapping of Twain's adventures in Nevada.  Mapping, of course,
> is
> > rather concerned with certainly, and with accuracy, etc.
> >
> > What if I mention Twain's use of, and relationship to, Maps in his
> writing?
> > My question is more along the lines of a global/metacognitive use, by
> > Twain, of maps and mapping throughout his works, as symbol or metaphor.
> I
> > wonder what kinds of ideas this might suggest to others on this LIST??
> > Especially with regard to Twain's metaphysics (or lack thereof).
> >
> > Put it this way:  in the AB, he mentions his theory of dictation as being
> > "systemless system."  So which is it, with his use of maps??
> >
> >
> > thanks, I'm just wondering here if anyone has a knee jerk response  ....
> -hb
> >
> >