Fenimore Cooper Conference
21st International James Fenimore Cooper
& Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference
September 27-30, 2017
SUNY College at Oneonta
1. A region that drains into a river system
2. A critical point that marks a change of course
"Cooperstown from Three Mile Point" 1850
by Louis Remy Mignot.
New York State Historical Association,
Conference Schedule: TBA
In 1978, the first International James Fenimore Cooper Conference was in Oneonta, New York, a beautiful valley on the banks of the Susquehanna River, at the foothills of the Catskills, just minutes from Cooper’s boyhood home of Cooperstown. Since then, over the course of twenty conferences more than 250 scholars and writers, including Leslie Fiedler, James Beard, Thomas Philbrick, and Rochelle Johnson, have presented papers on James Fenimore Cooper, Susan Fenimore Cooper, and the world they represented and helped to create.
For our 21st conference the theme of the conference is "Watersheds." In its geographical sense, a watershed is a region where rivers come together and define a landscape. At the same time a watershed is a moment, a point in history of dramatic and sudden change. The Coopers' writing reflects both sense of this word. They made the upper Susquehanna region central to their literary imaginations, and their writings reflect a time of dramatic social and political change.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Matthew Wynn Sivils, Professor of English, Iowa State University
Author of American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847
Call for Papers
CFP poster (PDF)
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