Reading for Enchantment: Reading James Fenimore Cooper and his Contemporaries

deadline for submissions: 
January 11, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Luis A Iglesias, James Fenimore Cooper Society
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Reading for Enchantment: Reading James Fenimore Cooper and his Contemporaries

Rita Felski, in Uses of Literature (2008), suggests a “post-criticism” approach to reading, one that reads for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock. First and foremost, Cooper and his contemporaries sought national and social recognition through literary works that sought to entertain, inform, and enliven their readers. We invite papers that explore the works of James Fenimore Cooper and his contemporaries from the perspective of reading for pleasure and enchantment: reading for fun and insight. Submit a 250-word abstract, a brief CV (2-3 pages), and an indication of whether or not the paper may be published in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal by January 11, 2019. Please also indicate any audio-visual requirements. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (word files or pdfs preferred). For additional information, please visit the James Fenimore Cooper Society webpage for resources and visual archives: (https://jfcoopersociety.org/); especially “Reading Cooper for Pleasure” https://jfcoopersociety.org/introduction/reading.html  

Please submit abstracts and accompanying materials to Luis A. Iglesias (luis.iglesias@usm.edu).

Papers should be a maximum of 15-20 minutes (6-8 pages) in length. Brief discussion will follow the presentations. Presenters need not be members of the James Fenimore Cooper Society, though we certainly hope they will choose to join. Please note that as per ALA guidelines, no one may present more than one paper at the conference.

Papers presented at the conference will, with their authors' permission, be published in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal and made available online at the Cooper Society website. Papers may be mildly revised for publication.

Luis A. Iglesias
Interim Director, School of Humanities (Programs in English, History, Philosophy & Religion)

School of Humanities
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5037
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Luis.Iglesias@usm.edu