Department of English

Call for Papers
18th International James Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar
SUNY, College at Oneonta
July 10-15, 2011

Cooper and His Contemporaries

James Fenimore Cooper is recognized as the father of American literature, the first American author of international standing, and creator of several important literary genres, including the frontier romance and the sea novel. Cooper, of course, did not write in a vacuum; he was a central figure in a much larger literary and intellectual world, engaging in dialogue over the most significant political, cultural, and aesthetic issues of his time.  For the 2011 conference we are seeking papers that consider Cooper and his relationships with those figures who inhabited his intellectual and cultural landscape.  Paper and presentation topics may include but are not limited to:


Thomas Hicks, “Authors of the United States,” Engraved by A. H. Ritchie
Used with permission by The American Antiquarian Society


Literary and Artistic Collaborations
The Bread and Cheese Club
Painters of the Hudson River School
Cooper’s Influence and Influences on Cooper
Literary Rivalries
Competing Representations of the Frontier
Responses to Indian Relocation
The Anti-Rent War
Populism and Democracy

We are happy, of course, to consider any proposals that address Cooper’s work and his time.

Papers should be 8-10 pages in length (20 minute presentation).  Send proposals via e-mail to:

Dr. Roger W. Hecht

Proposal deadline is March 31, 2011.

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