New Essays on the Last of the Mohicans H. Daniel Peck

ISBN: 9780521377713

Published: March 27th 1992

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New Essays on the Last of the Mohicans  by  H. Daniel Peck

New Essays on the Last of the Mohicans by H. Daniel Peck
March 27th 1992 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9780521377713 | 9.13 Mb

The American Novel series provides students of American literature with introductory critical guides to the greatest works of American fiction. Each volume begins with a substantial introduction by a distinguished authority on the text, givingMoreThe American Novel series provides students of American literature with introductory critical guides to the greatest works of American fiction. Each volume begins with a substantial introduction by a distinguished authority on the text, giving details of the novels composition, publication history and contemporary reception, as well as a survey of major critical trends and readings from first publication to the present.

This overview is followed by a group of new essays, each specially commissioned from a leading scholar in the field, which together constitute a forum of interpretative methods and prominent contemporary ideas on the text. There are also helpful guides to further reading. Specifically designed for undergraduates, the series will be a powerful resource for any one engaged in the critical analysis of major American novels. The Last of the Mohicans is the most widely read and internationally acclaimed of James Fenimore Coopers Leatherstocking tales, and has traditionally been regarded as an exciting and well-made adventure story.

In recent years, however, critics have found in this classic tale of colonial warfare deeper levels of meaning. In the introduction to this volume, H. Daniel Peck studies these developments, tracking critical responses to the novel from the time of its publication in 1826 to the present day.

The essays that follow present contemporary reassessments of The Last of the Mohicans from a variety of critical perspectives. Wayne Franklin shows how Coopers depiction of Glens Falls--the site of one of the novels key scenes--represents the process by which the writer dreams his way into the American past. Terence Martin examines the novels great pivotalepisode, the massacre at Fort William Henry revealing how this specifically historical event marginalizes and displaces even the heroic Uncas and Natty Bumppo, thus replicating the very force of history.

Nina Baym positions the novel, critically, between the works of two women w



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