Department of English

18th International
James Fenimore Cooper Conference and Seminar
SUNY, College at Oneonta
July 10-15, 2011

"Cooper and His Contemporaries"

Sunday, July 10

4:00-5:30        Registration
Lobby, Morris Hall

5:00-6:00        Welcoming Reception
Le Café, Morris Hall

6:00-7:30        Welcoming Banquet
Le Café, Morris Hall

Monday, July 11

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast
Lobby, Morris Hall

All conference presentations will take place in Craven Lounge, Morris Hall

9:00- 10:00     Panel One

Hugh MacDougall, James Fenimore Cooper Society
The Novels of John Richardson, “The Canadian Cooper”

F. Daniel Larkin, SUNY College at Oneonta

10:00-10:15    Coffee Break

10:15- 11:30   Panel Two

Keni Sabath, James Fenimore Cooper Society
Whimsical Women and Manly-Man Mohicans: Feminist Perspective on Women, Native People, and Nature in The Last of the Mohicans

Rochelle Zuck, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Cooper’s Oak Openings and the “Lost Tribes” Theory of American Indian Origins

11:30-12:15    Student Session
Room 104, Morris Hall

1:00-3:00        Panel Three

Jacqueline Foulon
Breaks and Continuities in Cooper’s Representation of the Indian

Barbara Rumbinas, Jagiellonian University
The Faces of Racism in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish

3:00-3:15        Coffee Break

3:15-5:00        Panel Four

Kendall McClellan, Binghamton University
A Less than Revolutionary Romance: Individual Liberty and “The People” in Cooper’s The Spy

Catherine Coleman, University of Texas, Austin
Legal and Moral Vigilance: Cooper Versus the Press

Tuesday, July 12

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:30      Panel Five

Signe Wegener, University of Georgia
Contemporaries Abroad: The Italian Viaggiof James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville

Daniel James Wood, The University of Melbourne
The Voice of the Crowd on the Wild Frontier: Popular Support for the Pre- Emption Act of 1841 and the Populist Appeal of The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer

Steve Blakemore, Florida Atlantic University
Cooper, Basil Hall, and Anglo-American Cultural Wars

11:30-12:15    Student Session
Room 104, Morris Hall

1:00-3:00        Panel Six

Robert Becker
A Historical Background of the 10th Chapter of Cooper’s The Monikins

Victoria Sterling, Lehman College/CUNY
Virtues and Failings: The Deerslayer, The Advocate, and the Discourse of Female Moral Reform 

Stevens Harthorn, Williams Baptist College
Out-Coopering Cooper? Hoffman's Greyslaer and the Reviewers

3:00-3:15        Coffee Break

3:15-5:15        Panel Six

Margaret Gilbert, James Fenimore Cooper Society
Emily Dickinson and James Fenimore Cooper: Dickinson’s Captive Consciousness

Franklin Hillson, Morgan State University
The Captivity Narrative and The Last of the Mohicans: Foundations and Modifications

Donna Richardson, St. Mary’s College
A Man with a Cross: Cooper’s Cultural Revision of Paradise Lost in The Last of the Mohicans

Break for Dinner

7:00-9:00        Music Performance by Little Delaware Chamber Players
Le Café, Morris Hall

Wednesday, July 13

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00      Panel Seven

Alf Siewers, Bucknell University
Cooper, Coleridge, and Re-Imagining a Native Cosmology

Roberta Gray Katz, DePaul University
Thomas Cole: Reading the Paintings from The Last of the Mohicans

Mark Burns
The American Prairie in Cooper and Washington Irving

11:00               Coffee Break

11:30               Pick up box lunches
Field Trip to Thomas Cole House and Kaaterskill Falls
Busses meet in front of Morris Hall

7:00-8:00        Student Session
Room 104, Morris Hall

Thursday, July 14

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15      Panel Nine

Anna Varkan
Debunking the myth of the "Promised Land" in Leather-Stocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper

Schuyler Chapman, University of Pittsburgh
Imperfect Fluidity: The Pilot and Cooper’s Ambivalence About Mutable Citizenship

10:15-10:30    Coffee Break

10:30-11:45    Panel Ten

Robert Daly, University at Buffalo
Network Culture in James Fenimore Cooper and Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Catherine A. Phillips, University of Tennessee
The Hunter is a Lonely Heart: Cooper’s Adaptation of the Antebellum Success Narrative in The Pathfinder

12:00-2:00      Conference Luncheon & Keynote Address        

Shirley Samuels, Cornell University
Promoting the Nation in James Fenimore Cooper and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Le Café, Morris Hall

2:00-4:00        Panel Eleven

David Lampe, Buffalo State College
Gothic Cooper: The Shaping of The Bravo

Christian Reed, University of California, Los Angeles
Wish-ton-Wish’s Poetics of Emplotment

Peter Ramos, Buffalo State College
Twain and Cooper in the Woods: Sublime and Un-Romantic Nature in The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

4:00-5:15        Student Session
Room 104, Morris Hall

Friday, July 15

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00      Panel Twelve

Jenny Heil, Emory University
The Boundary Question and James Fenimore Cooper’s Mercedes of Castile

Allan Axelrad, California State University, Fullerton
Leatherstocking’s Mother

David Cody, Hartwick College
Ambrose Bierce and the Cooperian Uncanny

11:00-11:15    Coffee Break

11:30               Pick up box lunches
Afternoon in Cooperstown
Busses meet in front of Morris Hall

1:00-3:30        Fenimore House and Farmer’s Museum Tour

James Fenimore Cooper Society Board of Director’s Meeting
Cooperstown Graduate Program
Room 125

5:00                 Conference Wrap-up and Reception
East Veranda, Otesaga Hotel