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Professor Stephen Railton, Ph.D.

Professor Stephen Railton
  • University of Virginia
  • Columbia University
Mark Twain gave Americans a wonderful image of what they were or at any rate of who they wanted to understand themselves as being, a kind of mirror in which they could look to see a best American self.
Dr. Stephen Railton is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He came to Virginia from Columbia University, where he earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Professor Railton has published numerous articles on American literature and has written two books, including Fenimore Cooper: A Study of His Imagination. He has also appeared on PBS's Newshour with Jim Lehrer as an expert on Mark Twain. Dr. Railton has also created two award-winning Web-based electronic archives, intended to explore the uses of electronic technology for teaching and studying American literature: Mark Twain in His Times (http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/railton) and Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture (http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/utc), which won Gettysburg College's prestigious Lincoln Prize, awarded for the finest scholarship on Lincoln and the Civil War era.
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"Professor Railton's ability to lead the student through the complex analysis of Twain's growing lifelong genus is remarkable."

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6 Courses and Sets

  1. Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Stephen Railton
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Gain a deeper understanding of an American icon’s most beloved works as award-winning scholar Stephen Railton unravels the mystery of the “real” Mark Twain. How can we make sense of Twain’s ambivalence about his own fulfillment of the American dream? Many of the answers are available in the pages of his greatest works, the focus of this course.
  2. (Set) Shakespeare: The Word and The Action & Life and Work of Mark Twain  Set

    (Set) Shakespeare: The Word and The Action & Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  3. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement &  Life and Work of Mark Twain Set

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  4. (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Joyce's Ulysses  Set

    (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Joyce's Ulysses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  5. (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Classics of American Literature Set

    (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
  6. (Set) King Arthur & Mark Twain Set

    (Set) King Arthur & Mark Twain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Explore intriguing connections between King Arthur and Mark Twain in this set of courses. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Next, uncover the stories that Mark Twain told, and discover how he became America’s first celebrity writer – an almost mythical presence in our nation’s cultural life.