Department of English

19th International
James Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar

SUNY, College at Oneonta
July 8-12, 2013

Cooper at Sea

James Fenimore Cooper is justly famous for his novels of the American frontier and the iconic characters of his most popular novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Less well known today are Cooper's many sea novels, which were very popular in his time and which made a significant contribution to the development of maritime literature. Arguably, without Cooper's sea novels, Melville would have never written Moby-Dick.

Keynote Speaker: Nathaniel Philbrick
Founding Director of the Egan Maritime Institute. Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of Why Read Moby-Dick, In the Heart of the Sea, and Sea of Glory.

Call for Papers:
For the 2013 conference we are seeking papers that consider
Cooper's contribution to maritime literature, naval history, and his
in!uence on subsequent authors of sea adventure and sea travel.
Paper and presentation topics may include but are not limited to:

Cooper's naval career
Cooper's History of the Navy
The American Revolution at Sea
Cooper's seascapes and landscapes
Cooper's smugglers and buccaneers
The sea novel before Cooper
Cooper's infuence on Dana, Melville, and Conrad

Cooper at Sea



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, 2013.

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