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Title: Leatherstocking: A Nation in a Man. James Fenimore Cooper's Portrait of America
Authors: Gasparini, Katia
Keywords: Fenimore Cooper, James
The Prairie
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: J.F. Cooper's "The Prairie" is an example of how America, the 'New World', was represented through myths and symbols both in American literature and in the visual arts. It is through a few meaningful and recurring symbols that this young nation was represented and even created, and that its history was shaped. Among these symbols are the solitary hero and self-made man (Leatherstocking in Cooper's narrative), the Indian ('good' - Hard Hart, the Pawnees - and 'bad' - Mahtoree, the Sioux), the Frontier (a line, a space, a man) and nature (at first virgin, unique and thus mythicized, but finally destroyed in the name of progress). In Cooper's narrative, all these fundamental images and issues converge in the main character, Leatherstocking, who thus becomes himself a symbol for America as a whole.
ISSN: 1125-3762
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