Sunday, June 12, 2011

revisiting Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Huckleberry Finn should be taught together. Finn is the better book, but Cabin has great moments. It's important for anyone interested in US literature, race, and feminism, and it has a far more nuanced understanding of human relationships than its detractors are able to comprehend—they seem to want a blaxpoitation adventure about defying slavers at every turn, while Stowe's greatness is that she wrote a novel about people, drawn in broad strokes, but still people.