American Literature J. F. Cooper

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American Literature J. F. Cooper

  1. 1. American Literature James Fenimore Cooper Raffaele Nardella http://www.wikipedia.en
  2. 2. Life and Works <ul><li>Born in Burlington (NJ) 1789 </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperstown – Stories and Legends about Indians </li></ul><ul><li>Common sailor, marriage, farmer </li></ul><ul><li>Writing at 30 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Precaution , The Spy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Leather-Stocking Tales (The Pioneers , The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie, The Pathfinder, The Deerslayer) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Europe – W. Scott </li></ul><ul><li>Died in Cooperstown (NY) 1851 </li></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:James_Fenimore_Cooper_Statue.jpg
  3. 3. Legacy and criticism <ul><li>O ne of the most popular 19th century American authors </li></ul><ul><li>Translated all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>Tolkien </li></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.abc.net.au/news/features/img/Artsblog/20070417tolkien.jpg http://www.techshout.com/gaming/2007/29/new-lord-of-the-rings-lotr-games-being-developed-as-ea-extends-license-with-new-line-cinema/
  4. 4. Characters <ul><li>The first American epic hero: Natty Bumppo </li></ul><ul><li>The stereotyped white man of high rank </li></ul><ul><li>The white man of lower rank </li></ul><ul><li>The Red Indians as noble savage by Rousseau </li></ul>http://mattbrundage.com/publications/images/natty.jpg Raffaele Nardella
  5. 5. Themes <ul><li>Romantic themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opposition between cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opposition between individual and society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opposition between individual and nature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creation of the American myth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primitive life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of forests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of prairies of the West </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plots as basis of western movies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adventures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Escapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Captures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duels </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://images-cdn01.associatedcontent.com/image/A1348/134878/300_134878.jpg
  6. 6. <ul><li>Intro </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical novel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Leather-Stocking Tales Pentalogy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>French and Indian war </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set in the British province of NY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Main characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hawkeye Uncas Chingachgook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cora and Alice Munroe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magua </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duncan Heyward </li></ul></ul>The Last of the Mohicans Raffaele Nardella http://pros599.bombmaking.info/english201/last_of_the_mohicans_ver2.jpg
  7. 7. <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Two parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall of Fort William Henry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World of savagery and of myth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regenerative means of violence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White man needs to become like the savages to conquer them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decline of the Indian and the European, </li></ul><ul><li>Creation and rise of the American </li></ul>The Last of the Mohicans Raffaele Nardella http://www.geocities.com/writtenexp/webfic3.jpg

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