Title

Unconventional Morality: The Gospel of Self-Approval

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Marjory Lange

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Christine Harvey

Presentation Type

Symposium

Abstract

Throughout Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn faces many moral choices. My interest in exploring morality in the novel came from an observation that the language used to refer to Christianity is not that of someone completely against religion. Biographical sources on Mark Twain reveal that he held a life-long friendship with his pastor, Joseph Winchell, and they remained friends even after Twain’s rejection of Christianity in favor of his “Gospel of Self-Approval.” As a result, my paper theorizes that Twain does not use Huck to attack Christian morality, but instead uses him to explore a counter philosophy.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

Unconventional Morality: The Gospel of Self-Approval

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Throughout Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn faces many moral choices. My interest in exploring morality in the novel came from an observation that the language used to refer to Christianity is not that of someone completely against religion. Biographical sources on Mark Twain reveal that he held a life-long friendship with his pastor, Joseph Winchell, and they remained friends even after Twain’s rejection of Christianity in favor of his “Gospel of Self-Approval.” As a result, my paper theorizes that Twain does not use Huck to attack Christian morality, but instead uses him to explore a counter philosophy.