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Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization

Hsuan L. Hsu


Perhaps the most popular of all canonical American authors, Mark Twain is famous for creating works that satirize American formations of race and empire. While many scholars have explored Twain's work in African Americanist contexts, his writing on Asia and Asian Americans remains largely in the shadows. This book examines Twain's career-long archive of writings about America's relations with China and the Philippines. Comparing Twain's early writings about Chinese immigrants in California and Nevada with his later fictions of slavery and anti-imperialist essays, the book demonstrates that Twa ... More

Keywords: race, novels, Mark Twain, Asian Americans, China, Philippines, Chinese immigrants, slavery, racialization, Chinese Exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479880416
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479880416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hsuan L. Hsu, author