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date: 18 May 2021

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This article examines the issues of temporality, race, and empire in American literature, focusing on James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer. It explains that this novel both begins and ends the five novels of Cooper's Leatherstocking series and investigates how U.S. empire building infects the relationship between frontier romances and white imperialism. The article discusses the work of Ojibwa Indian George Copway and highlights Cooper's belief that the “cause” of the Indians should be “defended.”

Keywords: American literature, temporality, race, empire building, James Fenimore Cooper, Deerslayer, frontier romances, white imperialism, George Copway, Indians

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