November Long Room Lecture at Brookside Museum: “Historical Fiction and Fictional History: ‘Translating’ the Past in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans“
November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Join Elaina Frulla,of SUNY University at Albany for a discussion of James Fenimore Cooper. For an author like Cooper, writing historical novels was an act of “translating” the past in the context of the present. How would the time Cooper spent in Ballston Spa amidst the socio-political climate of the mid-1820s influence how he depicted the heroes and villains of The Last of the Mohicans traversing this landscape in 1757 during the French and Indian War? Additionally, how would Cooper’s readers have understood his historical “translation”? This program is free, though donations are accepted.
Thursday, November 21, 7 PM