Suggested Topics for Reading and Research on Last of the Mohicans

Readings in the text:

Divine "gifts" to whites and Indians

European v. Indian rules of warfare

Race v. civilization in determining character

Hawkeye as the moral ceyter of the work

Alice v. Cora: blonde v. brunette types

Mohicans as inversion of British historical novel

Cooper as Indian lover/hater?

The sad and happy endings

Cycles of civilization: Indians as primitive whites

The Noble Savage in the Englightenment and Romanticism

Social class vs technology as wilderness authority

Research topics

Cooper as social critic

Cooper's wilderness myth

Mark Twain's ridicule

Cooper's use of Indian sources

D. H. LAwrence's appreciation of Cooper's symbolism

Cooper: best for descriuptions, characters, or myths?