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Cooper's Leather-Stocking Novels
Author: Geoffrey Rans

ISBN: 9780807857472
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16 June 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:
James Fenimore Cooper's Leather-Stocking tales, published between 1823 and 1841, are generally regarded as America's first major works of fiction. Here, Geoffrey Rans provides not simply a new reading of the five novels that comprise the series but also a new way of reading them.

Rans analyzes each of the five novels (The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans,The Prairie, The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer) in the order in which they were originally composed, an achronological sequence in terms of the stories they tell. As events in early written novels interact with those in later ones, the reader is compelled to construct political meanings different from Cooper's ideological preferences. This approach effectively precludes reading these works as Natty Bumppo's life story, or as an aspect of Cooper's. Rans presents the series as a text that faithfully reproduces the conflicts Cooper faced, both at the time when he wrote the novels and in the history that the novels contemplate.

Cooper emerges as a composer of richly problematical text...

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