THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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James Fenimore Cooper Literary Criticism

Last of the Mohicans

A paper by Michael Davey of John Carroll University which draws on rhetorical theories of narrative and literary history to illustrate how Cooper determines the nature of his characters and their functions within his novel.

The Pioneers

An essay by Jen Camden of the University of Indianapolis looking at the roles of primary and secondary heroines in this novel, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance. Camden focuses in particular on how these women represent competing ideals of national identity and femininity.
A paper by George G. Dekker of Stanford University about the relationship between the rise of tourism and the Romantic novel in this text and Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering.

The Pilot

An essay by James Crane of Loyola University comparing the portrayal of friendship and relationships in this novel and Walter Scott's The Pirate.