Huckleberry Finn reworded to replace the N-word

Scholar Alan Gribben has put together a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that replaces the word "n-i-g-g-e-r" with the supposedly less "demeaning" term "slave".

What the F***?

What is this supposed to do? Make us believe that the N-word never existed? Clean up history?

What do you think about this?
Wurly 2b/2c/3a Miii - high porosity




Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia et cerebellum.

Sodomy non sapiens.

- Terry Pratchett

Last edited by nikske; 01-10-2011 at 03:39 AM.
While I understand his intent, which was to make people more comfortable with the text and therefore hopefully increase readership and exposure it the book, I do not agree with it.

He not only replaced the n-word, he replaced Injun as well.

Huck Finn is a tale that should not be divorced from it's historical place. Yes, it is a tale that transcends that but to change these words just for people's comfort levels sends a message that language isn't important. Yet Twain was meticulous about word choices. Also, while it may work in this instance, slave and n are not synonymous in all instances.

Language is terribly important and Huck Finn affords teachers and chance to highlight this in both English and History classrooms. It was very much part of the vernacular at the time and as such should be used as written. If students are not exposed to these words as they were used, they won't grasp why they are not acceptable for use today.

That being said, it is one translation, and one that has been done before. It is not replacing it in all or even a majority of the editions.
What's next? They'll change Jingle Bells so we won't sing about gay apparel anymore? Come on...
3a/b, fine hair (just lots of it!), average porosity, high elasticity, fragile curls

No Poo and loving it! Gave up my hair dryer and never looked back!

Favorite Condishs: Suave Naturals (cowash) or TRESemme Naturals
Leave-In: CJ Curl Assurance Leave-in or KCKT
Curl Creme: AG re:coil or SS Hair Butter
Gel: HETT, GF Gel

Product Junkie...Swap board addict!
I've gotten into debates with a friend over this. She supports the change. While I am no fan of the "n" word, deleting it from Huck Finn strikes me as a PC attempt to whitewash history, which I can't support.
Fine haired, low density, highly porous curly kinky lady
Last relaxer: Not sure. 3/08 or 4/08
BC'd: 9/18/09
Co-wash: Suave Naturals, HEHH, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, CJ Daily Fix
Leave-In: KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, CJ Smoothing Lotion
Stylers: ORS Twist and Loc Gel, KCCC, Ecostyler, SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque
Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair, CJ Deep Fix

http://confessionsofladyv69.wordpress.com/
I feel the gravity pull of Mark Twain spinning. What's to stop reference to slaves being removed from historical stuff because someone doesn't like it? This is historycide.
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
Haha, what? That's not really a good idea I think. The fiction writers and artists are the best insight to history. We're so often told untruths and watered down history by history textbooks. We can't silence the artists. They wrote how stuff of the time really happened. What about when people find the word "slave" offensive? Will it need to be changed again? Of course all the while changing the realness of the time to suit our palates - or what that guy who changed it thinks will suit our palate.

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com