Imagining the U.S. as a Pacific Island: A Reading of James Fenimore Cooper's The Crater

Caleb Doan

Louisiana State University

Caleb Doan is a PhD student at Louisiana State University. He is currently writing his dissertation on popular representations of the Pacific in antebellum America, particularly focusing on the imaginary island novels of Edgar Allan Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville. 


     This paper takes the national allegory in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater literally. Rather than focusing on how the novel relates to Cooper’s abstract political commentary on democracy in antebellum America or... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Caleb Doan (Louisiana State University)

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Pacific Intersections


S9 » Seminar 9: Pacific Intersections (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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