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date: 27 September 2020

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This chapter reads The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894) and Following the Equator (1897) as linked commentaries on the problem of national and global whiteness. By examining the representation of India in Pudd’nhead Wilson, and the account of the U.S. South in the Indian section of Following the Equator, the chapter demonstrates that Twain’s fin-de-siècle internationalism often provoked fictional and autobiographical commentaries on unsettling memories of the peculiar institution that redounded to critiques of the imperial present. The heretofore neglected India-South dynamic in Twain’s late work testifies to his sense that Anglo-Saxonism constituted less a white man’s burden than a white man’s crisis.

Keywords: Mark Twain, India, whiteness, fingerprint, Indian knife, slavery, travel, empire

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