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James L. Busskohl
Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA 99004-1619)

Mark Twain's Structures of Credulity

To study the underlying pattern of Mark Twain's stories: a narrator (usually called Mark Twain) tries to make his readers more skeptical by telling them a story exposing the consequences of credulity. This pattern combines the theme of credulity, a plot exposing the consequences of credulity, general character roles such as the deceiver and the deceived, and a method of narration whose aim is, through playing ontological games with the reader, to enlighten through deception.

Project fields:
American Literature

Residential College Teacher Fellowships, 1976 - 1981

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1978 – 5/31/1979