A few thoughts:

1.  I wonder if there are any essays or books that take the "Black Atlantic"
idea of Paul Gilroy and somehow apply it to what we might call the "Black

2.  I am wondering if there are any works or scholars interested in how the
river  served specifically as a mean of transmitting culture and change
among the communities served by it?  Did Twain write about the river in
these kinds of terms?

This is probably fairly obvious stuff, but I cannot think of works
specifically in Twain scholarship that treat these kinds of issues.

Dr. Harold K. Bush, Jr.
Saint Louis University