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James Fenimore Cooper 1820-1852 Book History, Bibliography, and the Political Novel

Title: James Fenimore Cooper 1820-1852 Book History, Bibliography, and the Political Novel.
Name(s): Lenz, Bradley Andrew, author
Dupuigrenet Desroussilles, François, 1953-, professor directing dissertation
Hellweg, Joseph, university representative
Faulk, Barry J., committee member
Gontarski, S. E., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (177 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: James Fenimore Cooper’s work as a political activist is the underlying subject of this monograph. This study looks at how Cooper used his political writing to disseminate the ideology of the radical enlightenment. Cooper’s specific support for the independence of Poland is examined within its historical context. This work explores Cooper’s relationship to the Polish cause. It is an aspect of Cooper scholarship that is necessary to understand his political activity. This study is primarily interested in Cooper’s use of the political writing to disperse the tenets of American political and social life into European populations. Cooper’s critical heritage is examined in this study. The personal relationship between Cooper and Walter Scott is examined. This relationship grew to personify the cultural war that divided England and America. Cooper’s literary reputation was harmed by English critics that resented his political activism. Bibliographical analysis supplied the quantitative data needed to develop Cooper’s imprint distribution frequencies. The data from Cooper’s enumerative bibliography allowed contrasts to be made between political and non-political fiction and non-fiction. Analysis of distribution frequencies supplied answers to questions concerning the popularity of Cooper’s political novels compared to his non-political novels. Bibliographical data in this study supplies facts about the distribution of Cooper’s texts. Cooper’s activism and political ideology is placed in the context of American philosophy as proto-pragmatism. Resistance to hereditary monarchy and European political systems is indicative of an evasion of European philosophy that characterized American intellectual circles. Cooper is placed in the tradition of American thought that founded the philosophy of pragmatism.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Lenz_fsu_0071E_13927 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: February 13, 2017.
Keywords: bibliography, Book History, Cooper, Fenimore, Literature, politics
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Francois Dupuigrenet Desroussilles, Professor Directing Dissertation; Joseph R. Hellweg, University Representative; Barry Faulk, Committee Member; S. E. Gontarski, Committee Member.
Subject(s): American literature
United States -- History
Europe -- Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU

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Lenz, B. A. (2017). James Fenimore Cooper 1820-1852 Book History, Bibliography, and the Political Novel. Retrieved from