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Cooper Panels at the ALA Conference

Updated September 2016

The American Literature Association holds an annual Conference, which alternates between the East and West Coasts. Since 1990 the James Fenimore Cooper Society has organized a three-panel paper at each Conference. Beginning in 1993 most of these papers have been published as James Fenimore Cooper Society Miscellaneous Papers, and we are happy to include most of them on our website.

In this archive the available papers since 1990 are stored chronologically. They may, however, also be browsed in four indexes: by (a) author, (b) title of Cooper book chiefly involved, (c) selected subject topics, and (d) other authors who are compared with Cooper. These may be accessed at Articles & Papers. In transcribing papers, obvious typographical errors have been silently corrected, but spelling and grammar have been left as the authors intended. Only rarely have direct quotations been checked and/or corrected. Tables and charts have been modified to suit the website form. Illustrations in the original have been retained (but often modified as to size and placement) when discussed in the text, or when especially germane to the discussion; occasionally new illustrations have been substituted or added.

Institutional affiliations are as of the time the paper was given.

1990 ALA Conference -- San Diego, May 1990

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Lapp, Peter C. (Queen's University), Cooper's Doubloon: The Domains of Language in Cooper's Major Works
  2. Morton, Richard (McMaster University), Perception and Reality: The Novelist, the Deerslayer and the Reader Deerslayer deals with surface appearances and hidden realities. [1990 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Schachterle, Lance (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Cooper Revises the First Great American Novel Cooper's careful revisions of The Spy over many years. [1990 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1991 ALA Conference -- Washington, DC, May 1991

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Bailey, Brigitte (University of New Hampshire), "Like Another Wife" : Cooper, Cole, and the Italian Landscape [revised version published in David C. Miller, ed., American Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature, Yale University Press, 1993, pp. 92-111, as "The Protected Witness: Cole, Cooper and the Tourist's View of the Italian Landscape."]
  2. Madison, Robert D. (United States Naval Academy), Cooper, Hennepin, and the Inland Sea.
  3. Rust, Richard D., (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), The Art of The Pathfinder. The novel as a carefully crafted work of art. [1991 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1992 ALA Conference -- San Diego, May 1992

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Engell, John (San Jose State University), Neither Book nor Moccasin: Reading Sound in The Last of the Mohicans.
  2. Gladsky, Thomas S. (Central Missouri State University), Cooper's Other Americans: Cultural Diversity and American Homogeneity. Cooper shared many of the Nativist, anti-foreigner, views of his time. [1992 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Wallace, James D. (Boston College), Cooper and Slavery. Complexity of Cooper's anti-slavery views, as shown in Satanstoe. [1992 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1993 ALA Conference -- Baltimore, May 1993

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Madison, Robert D. (United States Naval Academy), Wish-ton-Wish: Muck or Melancholy. Sources of The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish and why Cooper called the whip-poor-will a wish-ton-wish, which is a plains Indian name for prairie dog. [1993 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Kalayjian, Patricia Larson (California State University, Dominguez Hills), Cooper and Sedgwick: Rivalry or Respect?. Relations between Cooper and Catharine Maria Sedgwick. [1993 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Salamon, Linda B. (Essex Community College), "A Life in the Woods" : Failure of Leadership in The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish, The Pioneers, and The Crater. Religion and historical process in Cooper's views of leadership. [1993 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1994 ALA Conference -- San Diego, June 1994

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Bagby, George F. (Hampden-Sydney College), Kindred Spirits: Cooper and Thoreau Similarities in ethical, political, economic, and environmental spheres. [1994 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Michaelsen, Scott (University of Texas, El Paso), The Color Line, Beavers and the Destructuring of White Identity in Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. Complexities of color between "black" beavers and bears, "white" Europeans, and "red" Indians. [1994 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Franklin, Wayne (Northeastern University), Cooper and New York's Dutch Heritage. Cooper's exceptional understanding of New York Dutch rural building practices. [1994 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1995 ALA Conference -- Baltimore, May 1995

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Madison, Robert D. (United States Naval Academy), Cooper, Bancroft, and the Voorhees Court Martial. Cooper's involvement in the 1845 Voorhees court martial spurred the founding of the Naval Academy, but disillusioned Cooper with the Navy. [1995 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Schramer, James J. (Youngstown State University), "A Bold Stroke against the Wilderness" : Wyandotté and Cooper's Critique of the Jeffersonian Ideology of Domestic Production . The failure of Jeffersonian agrarianism in Wyandotté, and in Cooper's America. [1995 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Starobin, Christina (Ramapo College), Reading Cooper. How a teacher learned to enjoy Cooper -- and to impart that enjoyment to students. [1995 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1996 ALA Conference -- San Diego, June 1996

Chair - Deborah J. Dietrich (California State University at Fullerton)

  1. Axelrad, Allan M. (California State University at Fullerton), Cooper, Aristocracy, and Capitalism. Cooper not only despised "aristocracy", but saw it in the growing commercial/political oligarchy of American capitalism. [1996 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Mazel, David (Louisiana State University), Shooting as Performative Speech in The Last of the Mohicans. The "speech" of Hawkeye's gun likened to the Spanish Requeirimiento placing American Indians under the Spanish crown. [1996 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. MacDougall, Hugh C. (James Fenimore Cooper Society), First and Last Tales: "Imagination" and "The Lake Gun". Introduction to two little-known Cooper short stories. [1996 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1997 ALA Conference -- Baltimore, May 1997

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Dekker, George G. (Stanford University), Border and Frontier: Tourism in Scott's Guy Mannering and Cooper's The Pioneers. Two approaches to the "tourist" and cultural exoticism. [1997 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Ganter, Granville (City University of New York), Battles of Rhetoric: Oratory and Identity in Cooper's Last of the Mohicans. Use of "Indian rhetoric" by Cooper, and by Indians themselves. [1997 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Wallace, James D. (Boston College), Cooper on Corporal Punishment. Flogging, whether at sea or of a slave, is morally corrupting to the flogger. [1997 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1998 ALA Conference -- San Diego, May 1998

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Mann, Barbara (University of Toledo), Man with a Cross: Hawkeye Was a "Half-Breed". Cooper intended Natty Bumppo as being of mixed European/Indian race. [1998 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Schramer, James J. (Youngstown State University), "A Union of Art and Nature" : Cooper and American Landscape Aesthetics. The Coopers (James and Susan), landscape, and gardens. [1998 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Shour, Nancy C. (Independent Scholar), Heirs to the Wild and Distant Past: Landscape and Historiography in James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers. Cooper's landscapes record a past to be preserved for coming generations. [1998 ALA COOPER PANEL]

1999 ALA Conference -- Baltimore, May 1999

Chair - Robert D. Madison (United States Naval Academy)

  1. Kalter, Susan (University of California at San Diego), The Last of the Mohicans as Contemporary Theory: James Fenimore Cooper's Philosophy of Language. Cooper assumes a linguistic hierarchy reflecting mental and political power. [1999 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Madison, Robert D. (United States Naval Academy), Submission and Restoration in The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish. Historical background to the novel. [1999 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Person, Leland S. (University of Alabama), Masculinities on the Warpath: Gender and Race in The Deerslayer [not available for publication here]

2000 ALA Conference -- Long Beach, California, May 2000

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Dekker, George (Stanford University), Romantic Tourism, Fictionality, and The Water Witch [not available for publication here]
  2. Harthorn, Steven (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), "Few Get as Far South as I Have Been": Stimson in James Fenimore Cooper's The Sea Lions. The annoyingly pious Stimson is essential to Cooper's religious message. [2000 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Owen, William (Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto), Natty Changes His Will: Legacies and Beneficiaries in The Deerslayer and The Prairie. Why Natty leaves his possessions to Hard-Heart in The Prairie, but retroactively makes Chingachgook's bride his heir in The Deerslayer. [2000 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2001 ALA Conference -- Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2001

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Buinicki, Martin T. (University of Iowa), 'mere articles of trade': Literary Property, Copyright, and Democracy. Cooper's views on copyright law. [2001 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Wolfe, Steven (University of Houston), The Path to a New Environmental Consciousness in The Deerslayer. Deerslayer's inability to protect his beloved Glimmerglass is intended "to change not only our behaviour but our entire means of thinking about the natural environment." [2001 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Zhang, Aiping (California State University at Chico), James Fenimore Cooper: A Rediscovered American Writer in China. China's recent "Westward Rush" has sparked a new interest, popular and scholarly, in Cooper. [2001 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2002 ALA Conference -- Long Beach, California, May 2002

Chair - Hugh C. MacDougall (James Fenimore Cooper Society)

  1. Mann, Barbara Alice (University of Toledo), Spirits of Sky, Spirits of Earth: the Spirituality of Chingachgook. Native American dualistic cosmology, rarely noted by Euro-Americans, reflected in Chingachgook's behavior in The Pioneers. [2002 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Schramer, James J. (Youngstown State University), James Fenimore Cooper and the Myth of the Citizen Soldier/Sailor. Cooper and the ambiguous myth of the American citizen/soldier/patriot in The Spy and The Pilot. [2002 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Watts, Edward (Michigan State University), Cooper, Richardson, and the Frontiers of Nationalism. Cooper's nationalism both influenced and was modified in the Canadian nationalism of John Richardson's Indian tales Wacousta (1832), and The Canadian Brothers (1840). [2002 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2003 ALA Conference -- Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2003

Chair - Rochelle Johnston (Albertson College of Idaho)

  1. Schachterle, Lance (Editor-in-Chief, Cooper Edition; Worcester Polytechnic Institute), "Cooper and His Collaborators: Recovering Cooper's Final Intentions for His Fiction" [Abstract only] Contrary to common belief, Cooper was very concerned with the accuracy of his printed texts. [2003 COOPER PANEL]
  2. Norwood, Lisa West (Drake University), Fragments, Ruins and Artifacts of the Past: The Reconstruction of Reading in The Deerslayer. Readers of the novel must call both on their own previous Leatherstocking readings, and on the words, signs, and symbols of the past presented in the book itself. [2003 COOPER PANEL]
  3. Sweet, Nancy (Columbia University), "Sweet but Commanding": The Disobedient Daughter in Cooper's The Pioneers. Elizabeth Temple as rebellious but virtuous heroine. [2003 COOPER PANEL]

2004 ALA Conference -- San Francisco, California, May 2004

Chair - John Engell (San Jose State University)

  1. Harthorn, Stephen P. (University of Tennessee), Truth and Consequences: James Fenimore Cooper on Scott, Columbus, Bumppo, and Professional Authorship. Cooper's assertions of dishonesty in Walter Scott, and his claims to veracity in Mercedes of Castille and The Deerslayer. [2004 COOPER PANEL]
  2. Lukasik, Christopher (Boston University), The Invisible Aristocrat: Visualizing Character in Cooper's Early Fiction. [Abstract only] In Cooper's early novels the reading of the face is not to discover moral dissimulation, but rather social status. [2004 COOPER PANEL]
  3. Norwood, Lisa West (Drake University), Cooper's Pacific: The Crater and Theories of History in the South Seas. The Crater deals with a variety of narratives, of America in the Pacific, of natural history, and of of human experiences of history, which differ from those in Melville's Typee. [2004 COOPER PANEL]

2005 ALA Conference -- Boston, Massachusetts, May 2005

Chair - Lance Schachterle (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

  1. McWilliams, John (Middlebury College), Bragging and Dodge-ing in America, or Domestic Manners As Found. Cooper's dismay at American manners in the 1830s, as reflected in Homeward Bound and Home as Found. [2005 COOPER PANEL]
  2. Sivils, Matthew Wynn (Oklahoma State University), Bears, Culture-Crossing, and the Leatherstocking Tales. Cooper's use of bears as symbols to discuss cross-cultural and cross-racial transitions. [2005 COOPER PANEL]
  3. Suzuki, Erin M. (University of California, Los Angeles). Paradise Lost: James Fenimore Cooper and the Pursuit of Empire in the American Pacific. The fatal attraction of Empire in Cooper's The Prairie and, especially, The Crater. [2005 COOPER PANEL]

2006 ALA Conference -- San Francisco, California, May 2006

Chair - Matthew Wynn Sivils (Oklahoma State University)

  1. Iglesias, Luis (University of Southern Mississippi>, The "keen-eyed criticof the ocean": James Fenimore Cooper's Invention of the Sea Novel. The Pilot and The Red Rover as opening a new phase in American literature. [2006 COOPER PANEL]
  2. Permaul, Nadesan (University of California, Berkeley). James Fenimore Cooper and the American National Myth. Cooper as designer of an essentially racist American myth, as expresed in The Pioneers. [2006 COOPER PANEL]
  3. Kalter, Susan (Illinois State University). Clothing The Prairie in Furs: The International Trade Contexts of Cooper's Western Novel. [Not available for publication here].

2007 ALA Conference -- Boston, Massachusetts, May 2007

Chair - Matthew Wynn Sivils (Westminster College)

  1. Clohessy, Ronald John (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Ship of State: American Identity and Maritime Nationalism in the Sea Fiction of James Fenimore Cooper. A survey of Cooper's changing views on America as reflected in his sea novels from The Pilot to The Sea Lions. [2007 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Iannucci, Alisa Marko (Boston College). "Things less evident": Cosmopolitan Cooper. Cross-cultural understanding, as reflected in Notions of the Americans and "No Steamboats". [2007 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Mann, Barbara Alice (University of Toledo). Aunt Jane and Father Fenimore: The Jane Austen --James Fenimore Cooper Connection. Categories of similarity in the novels of Jane Austen and Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. [2007 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2008 ALA Conference -- San Francisco, California, May 2008

Panel 1 (General Topics): Chair - Signe Wegener (University of Georgia)

  1. de Fee, Nicole (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). The Post-Colonial Paradox of a Re-imagined History in Cooper's The Pioneers. America has won its independence, but Americans have not yet established a resolved sense of identity. [2008 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Long, James (Louisiana State University). Constructing the Nation's Memory: Excluded Historical Narratives in Cooper's The Spy. Because America has established a history revolving around Washington, ambiguous figures like Harvey Birch must vanish from the collective memory. [2008 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Davis, James III (Georgia State University). The Red Rover and Looking at the Nautical Machine for Naturalist Tendencies. The "nautical machine" of the complex sailing vessel can harm men, as industrial America would do so later. [2008 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2 (Cooper's Indians): Chair - Barbara Mann (University of Toledo)

  1. Murray, Keat (Lehigh University). Indians and Dissembling Gentlemen in James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers. The real John Heckewelder is not the idealist figure of Cooper's fancy, and Cooper's Pioneers is is not a classless society. [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Schwartz, Rebecca Ayres (University of Delaware). Historicism and Nostalgia in Thomas Cole's Last of the Mohicans. Cooper's Last of the Mohicans and Thomas Cole's four paintings based on it use nostalgia to create a sense of national identity. [2008 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2009 ALA Conference -- Boston, Massachusetts, May 2009

Panel 1 (Fenimore Cooper: Fresh Biographical and Historical Contexts): Chair - Lance Schachterle (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

  1. Franklin, Wayne (University of Connecticut). Cooper in the Netherlands. Cooper's Visits to the Netherlands and Belgium (1828, 1830, 1832) and his writings about New Netherland, especially The Water-Witch (1830). [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Madison, Robert D. (University of Arkansas). Cooper and Nuttall: the Course of Empire. The eccentric naturalist Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859) as a source for Cooper's The Prairie and its Obed Bat. [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Scannavini, Anna (Università dell'Aquila). Typographies of Writing in The Bravo. Cooper's understanding and use of pre-unification Italian dialects, including that of Venice, in the novel. [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2 (Talking about Fenimore Cooper with Undergraduates): Chair - Signe Wegener (University of Georgia)

  1. Elliott, James P. (Clark University). The Children of Natty Bumppo: Undergraduate Responses to Cooper. Teaching Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans as novel and (Michael Mann) film. [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Walker, Jeffrey (Oklahoma State University). Selling Cooper, Selling Chicago; or, Selling Mohicans as Bestseller. Teaching Cooper: Going beyond race, gender, and ethnicity to consider writing, publishing, distributing, and reading novels in the 19th century. [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Mann, Barbara Alice (University of Toledo). Leather-Stocking Misegenation. Teaching Cooper: the Leather-Stocking Tales were denounced as "dirty books" violating sexual, racial, and religious taboos; why not teach them that way? [2009 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2010 ALA Conference -- San Francisco, California, May 2010

Panel 1 (James Fenimore Cooper: Nation, Law, and the Sea): Chair - Allan Axelrad (Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton)

  1. Barton, John Cyril (University of Missouri, Kansas City). Cooper, Livingston, and Death Penalty Reform Cooper's reactions to the debate on capital punishment, especially in The Spy and The Ways of the Hour. [2010 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Berger, Jason (University of South Dakota). The Crater and the Master's Reign: Cooper's "Floating Imperium". Jacques Lacan's "master-signifier" as a tool for examining the political thought in the novel. [2010 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Walker, Jeffrey (Oklahoma State University). Reading Rose Budd; Or, Tough Sledding in Jack Tier. Cooper tackles serial installment writing, with changing titles and plans. [2010 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2 (James Fenimore Cooper: Sources and Silences): Chair - Matthew Wynn Sivils (Iowa State University)

  1. Franklin, Wayne (University of Connecticut). Cooper, Bacchus, and Veveyk: Sourcing The Headsman. [Not available for publication here]
  2. Shapiro, Joe (Stanford University). The Rights of Man to Property: Land, Labor and Class in James Fenimore Cooper. [Not available for publication here]
  3. Wegener, Signe (University of Georgia). What's in an Accent? Cooper's "Vanishing Scotsmen" in the Leather-Stocking Tales. Cooper's minimal but changing use of the Scottish accent, as ethnic and class indicator. [2010 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2011 ALA Conference -- Boston, Massachusetts, May 2011

Panel 1: Chair -- Matthew Wynn Sivils (Iowa State University)

  1. Sayre, Jillian (Wayne State University). A Cuisine of Contre Te(r)ms: Consumption, Community and Intralinguistic Struggle in The Prairie. When is a buffalo a bison?—complexities of language in the novel. [2011 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Schachterle, Lance (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). The 'soulless corporation' in Venice, England, France, and America: Cooper's The Bravo (1831). Government's tendency, in England, France, and perhaps America, to become a "soulless" aristocracy devoted to its own interests. [2011 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Williams, Cynthia Schoolar (Tufts University). Disarticulating the Nation: Reading Displacement in Cooper's The Pilot. It isn't really about the open ocean. [2011 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2: Chair -- Lance Schachterle (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

  1. Iglesias, Luis A. (University of Southern Mississippi). Race and the Sea: The Black Sailor in Cooper's Sea Novels. [Not available for publication here]
  2. Sillin, Sarah (University of Maryland). The Politics of International Friendship in James Fenimore Cooper's Novels. Cooper's approval of sympathetic friendship across cultural and national lines. [2011 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Sivils, Matthew Wynn (Iowa State University). Cooper's Gothic Topography: The Blood Stained Land of The Last of the Mohicans. [Not available for publication here]

2012 ALA Conference -- San Francisco, California, May 2012

Panel 1: (Anxieties, Appetites, and Cultural Obsessions in the Writings of James Fenimore Cooper) Chair -- Steven P. Harthorn (Williams Baptist College)

  1. Mann, Barbara Alice (University of Toledo). James Fenimore Cooper and 'The Pledge.' Cooper—who liked his glass— fights off the "tea-totallers" of his time. [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Wegener, Signe O. (University of Georgia) Sustenance and Colonization: Fenimore Cooper's Culinary Excesses. "The Crater steadfastly argues that agricultural products promote and reinforce trade, colonization, and religious conversion." [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Duquès, Matthew (Vanderbilt University) New Spanish Studies in James Fenimore Cooper's The Prairie. [Not available for publication here]

Panel 2: (Transnational and Transhistorical Perspectives on James Fenimore Cooper's Early Fiction) Chair -- Rochelle Raineri Zuck (University of Minnesota Duluth)

  1. Crane, James (The College of St. Scholastica). Love and Liberty: A Transatlantic Adaptation of The Pilot. Edward Ball (1792-1873), as "Fitzball" a prolific writer of English melodrama, transforms the novel into a highly successful musical burletta for a patriotic British audience. [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Scannavini, Anna (Università dell' Aquila),The Long Shadow of The Pioneers (as an Environmental Text). English laws protecting game (for the privileged) as a background to the novel. [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL)
  3. Rosenthall, Karen (Rice University). Exploring the Alliances of Political Economy: The Financial Panic of 1819 and The Last of the Mohicans. Deeply affected by the financial collapse of 1819, Cooper looks to the past for guidance as to the future. [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 3: (Writing the Lives of Three Fenimores: Confluences of History, Culture, and Literature) Chair -- Stephen Carl Arch (Michigan State University)

  1. Franklin, Wayne (University of Connecticut) Crowd-Sourcing a Life: James Fenimore and the Other Coopers. [Not available for publication here]
  2. Johnson, Rochelle (The College of Idaho). The Messy Nexus of Racism, Religion, and Philanthropy: Representing Susan Fenimore Cooper's Labors. [Not available for publication here]
  3. Rioux, Anne Boyd (University of New Orleans). Unearthing the Author Through History: Writing the Life of Constance Fenimore Woolson [Not available for publication here]

Other ALA panels
(Native American Literature and Print Culture).

  1. Wallace, David Shane (American University in Bulgaria). Copway's Homage to Cooper: Redefining the 'Vanishing American,'. George Copway (1818-1869), a traveled and literary Ojibwa Indian, honors the elderly Cooper. [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL]
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(Forms of Transnational American Literature)

  1. Mazur, Zygmunt & Rumbinas, Barbara (Jagiellonian University, Poland). Adam Mickiewicz and James Fenimore Cooper: A Reappraisal. Explores the friendship between Cooper and the Polish poet and nationalist Adam Mickiewicz. [2012 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2013 ALA Conference -- Boston, Massachusetts, May 2013

Panel 1: (James Fenimore Cooper and Spirituality/Religion) Chair -- Lance Schachterle (Worcester Polytechnic Insitute)

  1. Peprnik, Michal (Palacký University, Olomouc), How Much "Moravian" is Natty Bumppo?. His relationship to the Moravian Church in which he was reared increases from The Pioneers, through The Prairie, The Prairie, The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer. [2013 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Mann, Barbara Alice (University of Toledo), James Fenimore Cooper and God. Spiritual but critical of organized sects, as demonstrated in The Redskins, The Wing-and-Wing, The Crater, and The Deerslayer. [2013 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Madison, Robert D. (University of Arkansas), Oak Openings: A Christian Novel. Of Cooper's works, uniquely based on "conversion through the witness of martyrdom"; comparisons with The Sea Lions, The Wing-and-Wing, and The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish. [2013 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2: (James Fenimore Cooper and History) Chair -- Rochelle Raineri Zuck (University of Minnesota Duluth)

  1. Iglesias, Luis (University of Southern Mississippi), Narrating History in Precaution: The Genre of Masculine Sentimentality. Forecasting Cooper's later fiction, Denbigh is both a man of feeling and a man of action. [2013 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Schachterle, Lance (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Patriotism and Caste in The Chainbearer: Cooper's Fifth Revolutionary War Novel. [Not available for publication here]
  3. Ryan, Susan M. (University of Louisville), Cooper's Slump: Property, Reputation, and the Trials of National Authorship. [Not available for publication here]

2014 ALA Conference -- Washington, D.C., May 2014

Panel 1: (James Fenimore Cooper and Politics) Chair -- Luis A. Iglesias (University of Southern Mississippi)

  1. Black, Christopher Allan (East Tennessee State University), The Partisan Politics of the American Historical Romance: Federalist and Republican Sentiment in James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy (1821) and William Dunlap's Andre (1798). [Not available for publication here]
  2. Murray, Keat (California University of Pennsylvania), Political Prattle in James Fenimore Cooper's 'Favorite Book': Reciprocal Readings of the A.B.C. Letters and The Monikins. The significance of The Monikins is increased when it is compared with the Cooper's so-called "A.B.C. Letters" and placed in the context of contemporary American politics. [2014 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Olson, Nels E. (Michigan State University), Democracy as Failure and Refusal in Lionel Lincoln; or, the Leaguer of Boston. How Cooper uses literature (i.e., writing) to challenge established legal orders. [2014 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  4. Schachterle, Lance, (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Cooper, the Federalists, and the Aristocrats,. Cooper's private correspondence about Federalists and their Whig descendants, and about aristocrats, shows that he is strongly critical of both groups. [2014 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2: (James Fenimore Cooper's International Dimensions) Chair -- Rochelle Raineri Zuck (University of Minnesota Duluth)

  1. Betjemann, Peter (Oregon State University), Framing the Transnational Subject in Cooper: Thomas Cole's 1827 Paintings after The Last of the Mohicans. [Not available for publication here]
  2. Genova, Thomas (University of Minnesota, Morris), Family Entanglements: Cooper in Nineteenth-Century South America. How Juan León Mera's Cumandá reconfigures Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans to serve the author's own nation-building purposes in Ecuador. [2014 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Rumbinas, Barbara and Mazur, Zygmunt (Jagiellonian University), Adam Mickiewicz: A Catalyst for James Fenimore Cooper's Support for Polish Independence. Influence of Mickiewicz on Cooper. [2014 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  4. Scannavini, Anna (Università dell' Aquila), Cooper's Italian Seas. The varied significance to Cooper of the seas around Italy. [2014 ALA COOPER PANEL]

2015 ALA Conference -- Boston, Mass., May 2015

Panel 1: (Cooper and Children's/Young Adult Literature) Chair -- Keat Murray (California University of Pennsylvania)

  1. Harthorn, Steven (University of Northwestern-St. Paul), Frank Imitations: Harry Castlemon's Literary Debt to Cooper. Boys' adventure books by Harry Castlemon (1842-1915). [2015 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Phillips, Anne K. (Kansas State University), James Fenimore Cooper's Literary Descendants: American History for 21st Century Adolescent Readers. Discussion of Gary Paulson's Woods Runner (2010); Susan Cooper's Ghost Hawk (2013); and Helen Frost's SALT (2013) [2015 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Sivils, Matthew Wynn (Iowa State University), When Peter Parley Met Natty Bumppo: Samuel Goodrich, James Fenimore Cooper, and the Invention of a Young Adult Frontier. Samuel Goodrich (1793-1860) writes his Peter Parley's Story of Little Marion (1830) as a sort of juvenile Pioneers. [2015 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  4. Wegener, Signe (University of Georgia), An Enduring Gift to the Young Reader: James Fenimore Cooper's Works in Illustrerte Klassikere, Norway 1934-1987. The story of Norwegian editions of Classics Illustrated. [2015 ALA COOPER PANEL]

Panel 2: (Transnational Cooper) Chair -- Lance Schachterle (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

  1. Mann, Barbara Alice (University of Toledo), "Riotous Living": James Fenimore Cooper, Accused Aristocrat. Cooper: called "aristocratic" in America; an "ill-mannered rube" in Europe. [2015 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Murray, Keat (California University of Pennsylvania), "Singularly Situated" in Antarctica: Transatlantic Imaginaries in James Fenimore Cooper's The Monikins. A novel that deserves more critical attention. [2015 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Rezek, Joseph (Boston University), Bentley's Standard Novelist: James Fenimore Cooper. [Not available for publication here]
  4. Scannavini, Anna (Università dell' Aquila), Cooper's and Hawthorne's Italian Landscapes. [Not available for publication here]

2016 ALA Conference -- San Francisco, California, June 2016

Panel: Cooper and Visual Culture. Chair -- Anna Scannavini (Università dell' Aquila)

  1. Wegener, Signe (University of Georgia), Visual Representation and Political Propaganda: or, How James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer became the 1967 Indianerfilm Chingachgook, Die Grosse Schlange. How the Communist East German Regime made a film version of The Deerslayer. [2016 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  2. Harthorn, Steven (University of Northwestern-St. Paul), Illustrated Editions of Cooper's The Spy: A Survey. The many, many illustrations, from many countries, of Cooper's The Spy. [2016 ALA COOPER PANEL]
  3. Iglesias, Luis A. (University of Southrn Mississippi), James Fenimore Cooper as Art Critic and Connoisseur. Cooper and the Fine Arts. [2016 ALA COOPER PANEL]

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