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AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE—Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2019
The James Fenimore Cooper Society will host two panels at the 30th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Westin Copley Place, May 23-26, 2019.
Papers should be a maximum of 15-20 minutes (6-8 pages) in length. Brief discussion will follow the presentations. Presenters need not be members of the James Fenimore Cooper Society, though we certainly hope they will choose to join. Please note that as per ALA guidelines, no one may present more than one paper at the conference.
Papers presented at the conference will, with their authors' permission, be published in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal and made available online at the Cooper Society website. Papers may be mildly revised for publication.
Please submit a 250-word abstract, a brief cv (2-3 pages), and an indication of whether or not the paper may be published in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal by January 11, 2019 to Luis A. Iglesias (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also indicate any audio-visual requirements. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (word files or pdfs preferred). For additional information, please visit the James Fenimore Cooper Society webpage for resources and visual archives: (https://jfcoopersociety.org/)
Panel 1: The Literary Age of Jackson
James Fenimore Cooper and his contemporaries lived through one of the nation’s formative periods giving both cultural and expressive form to the dramatic changes that occurred during The Age of Jackson. We invite papers that explore literary responses to this period as broadly constituted from a variety of perspectives.
Panel chair TBA
Panel 2: Reading for Enchantment: Reading James Fenimore Cooper and his Contemporaries
Rita Felski, in Uses of Literature (2008), suggests a “post-criticism” approach to reading, one that reads for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock. First and foremost, Cooper and his contemporaries sought national and social recognition through literary works that sought to entertain, inform, and enliven their readers. We invite papers that explore the works of James Fenimore Cooper and his contemporaries from the perspective of reading for pleasure and enchantment: reading for fun and insight.
Panel Chair: TBA
For more information about the American Literature Association and its annual conference, please visit the ALA website at americanliteratureassociation.org
Further ALA Conferences are scheduled for San Diego in 2020, and Boston in 2021.
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- (2017) James Fenimore Cooper, Recollections of Europe. (Published in England in 1837 as "Recollections of Europe"; published in America in 1837 as "Gleanings in Europe"; Published in Cooper Edition in 1983 as "Gleanings in Europe: France") 294 p., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
- (2016) Rosaly Torna Kurth, Susan Fenimore Cooper: New Perspectives on Her Works; With an Introduction to Her Life. 466 p., boards/paper. IUniverse, 2016
- (2016) Daniel Davis Wood, Frontier Justice in the Novels of James Fenimore Cooper and Cormac McCarthy. 265 p., boards. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
- (2016) Nick Louras, James Fenimore Cooper: A Life. 376 p., boards. Chronos Publishers, 2016.
- (2016) Gerald Kennedy, Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe. Chapter 2: "Writing Against the Nation: Cooper's Gleanings." 472 p., boards. Oxford University Press, 2016.
- (2016) Agnès Derail and Cécile, eds., James Fenimore Cooper ou la frontière mélancolique: The Last of the Mohicans et The Leatherstocking Tales. 153 p., paper. Paris: Éditions Rue d'Ulm, 2016.
- (2015) James Fenimore Cooper, Homeward Bound, Or, The Chase. A Tale of the Sea., Text Established with Historical Introduction and Textual Notes by Stephen Carl Arch. 654 p., boards. New York: AMS Press, 2015.
- (2014) Barbara Alice Mann, The Cooper Connection: The Influence of Jane Austen on James Fenimore Cooper. 251 p., boards. New York: AMS Press, 2014.
- (2012) James Fenimore Cooper, The Autobiography of a Pocket Handkerchief, Edited by Matthew Wynn Sivils and James P. Elliott. 169 p., boards. New York: AMS Press, 2012.
- (2011) James Fenimore Cooper, The Bravo: A Venetian Story, Edited by Lance Schachterle and James A. Sappenfield; Historical Introduction by Kay Seymour House; Explanitory Notes by Anna Scannavini. 482 p., boards. New York: AMS Press, 2011.
- (2011) Geoffrey Sanborn, Whipscars and Tattoos: The Last of the Mohicans, Moby Dick, and the Maori. Oxford University Press, 2011.
- (2011) Leather-Stocking Redux; Or, Old Tales, New Essays, edited by Jeffrey Walker. New York: AMS Press, 2011.
- Jeffrey Walker -- Leather-Stocking Redux: An Introduction Anew, and Anon;
- William Merrill Decker -- The Africanist Presence in The Pioneers;
- Allan M. Axelrad -- The Last of the Mohicans, Race Mixing, and America's Destiny;
- Barbara Alice Mann -- Sex and the Single Mixed-Blood;
- Robert Daly -- Mohicans, Virtue Ethics, Literature, and Life;
- Signe O. Wegener -- Marmaduke Temple: James Fenimore Cooper's Portrait of an American Man of Leisure;
- Lance Schachterle -- On The Prairie;
- John McWilliams -- Inscribing the Prairie Sunset: Cooper, Cather, and Momaday;
- Matthew Wynn Sivils -- "It's Ghastly Visage": Cooper's Leather-Stocking Tales and the Grotesque;
- Stephen P. Harthorn -- The Pathfinder and Cooper's Return to Popular Literature;
- Wayne Franklin -- "One More Scene": The Marketing Context of Cooper's "Sixth" Leather-Stocking Tale
- (2010) James Fenimore Cooper, The Water-Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas. Edited, with an Historical Introduction, by Thomas Philbrick and Marianne Philbrick. 645 p., boards. New York: AMS Press, 2010.
- (2007) Wayne Franklin, James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years. 708 p. boards. Yale University Press, 2007.
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Literature in the Early American Republic: Annual Studies on Cooper and His Contemporaries. Wayne Franklin and Jason Berger, eds. [originally Matthew Wynn Sivils and Jeffrey Walker] New York: AMS Press.
Note: Only Articles Pertaining to James Fenimore Cooper or Susan Fenimore Cooper listed here.
- Volume I (2009)
- Rochelle Raineri Zuck -- Cultivation, Commerce, and Cupidity: Late-Jacksonian Virtue in James Fenimore Cooper's The Crater;
- Lance Schachterle -- The Themes of Land and Leadership in "The Littlepage Manuscripts";
- Allan M. Axelrad -- Cooper's Literary Landscape Art and American Landscape Painting: From Mountain Gothic to Forest Gothic and Luminism;
- Leland S. Person -- The Ways of the Hour: Cooper's Scarlet Letter;
- Barbara Alice Mann -- Aunt Jane and Father Fenimore: The Influence of Jane Austen on James Fenimore Cooper;
- John C. Havard -- The Ideological Significance of Dualistic Native American Characterization in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and Juan Leòn Mera's Cumandá
- Volume 2 (2010)
- Rebecca Lush -- "Louisianian Lady": Racial Ambiguity, Gender, and National Identity in Cooper's The Prairie;
- Stephen Carl Arch -- Cooper's Turn: Satire and the Age of Jackson.
- Volume 3 (2011)
- Wayne Franklin -- Writing America from Abroad: Cooper's Recollected Sources in The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish;
- Luis A. Iglesias -- Pirates, Patriots, and the Mexican War: Jack Tier and Cooper's Argument with the Nation;
- Proceedings of the Association for Documentary Editing/Allied Session on the Cooper Edition;
- Allan M. Axelrad -- Introduction: 2008 MLA Cooper Edition Session;
- James A. Sappenfield -- A Conservative Reconsiders the Rationale of Copy-Text;
- Karen Lentz Madison and R. D. Madison -- The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish: Noting Cooper's Narragansett Novel;
- Stephen Carl Arch -- All Afloat: Cooper's Composition of Homeward Bound.
- Volume 4 (2012)
- Anna Scannavini -- Cooper in Venice; Or, the "Telling" Subtext of The Bravo;
- Lance Schachterle -- Cooper and the Revolutionary War Novel, 1784-1825.
- Volume 5 (2013)
- Steven Harthorn -- An Unfired Shot in the Literary Battle of Lake Erie: Cooper's Unpublished Reply to Alexander Slidell Mackenzie;
- Adam Charles Lewis -- Naturalization, Empire and the Pacific Historical Romances of James Fenimore Cooper and James Jackson Jarvis.
- Volume 6 (2014)
- Allan M. Axelrad -- James Fenimore Cooper, American English, and the Significance of Aristocracy in a Republic;
- Lance Schachterle -- Patriotism and Caste in The Chainbearer: Cooper's Fifth Revolutionary War Novel;
- Sarah Sillin -- Foreign Friendship: James Fenimore Cooper and America's International Origins;
- Donna Richardson -- Cooper's Revision of Paradise Lost and of Romantic Satanism in The Last of the Mohicans;
- John Hay -- Narratives of Extinction: James Fenimore Cooper and the Last Man.
- Volume 7 (2015)
- Bill Christophersen -- Cooper's The Prairie as a Southern Tale;
- Wayne Franklin -- Horation Greenough, "The Cooper Monument," and Form and Function;
- Horation Greenough, "The Cooper Monument" (1852).
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