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Steven P. Harthorn, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of English and Literature
Director, Eagle Scholars Honors Program
Professor of English

Ph.D. in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A. in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A. in History and English, Calvin College

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N3139
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


Steven Harthorn joined the English and Literature faculty at Northwestern in 2015. Previously, he taught at Williams Baptist College and the University of Tennessee. He enjoys helping students become literary tourists of the past, putting them in touch with fascinating perspectives and beautiful, profound forms of expression.

Dr. Harthorn serves on the board of the James Fenimore Cooper Society as Executive Director for Publications. His scholarship often focuses on literary history, drawing on primary sources such as period reviews, publishing records, correspondence, and unpublished manuscripts. He is at work on a scholarly edition of Cooper’s last novel, The Ways of the Hour (1850).

Specialty Areas

  • American Literature
  • The Novel
  • Literary History
  • Medieval Literature
  • James Fenimore Cooper

Other Areas of Interest

  • Young Adult Literature
  • History of the Book
  • The Nineteenth Century

Selected Recent Publications

Editor, James Fenimore Cooper Society Newsletter, 2006-2015; James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal, 2015-present.

Editor, James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art 15, 16, 18 (with Hugh C. MacDougall, 2005, 2007, 2009), 19 (2013).

Introductory Letters: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. By James Fenimore Cooper. 1826. New York: Charles Winthrope & Sons, 2015. 2 vols.

“'Plunder,’ 'Fixens,’ and Bee Hunting: Cooper’s Manuscript Notes for The Prairie.” James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art 19 (2013).

“An Unfired Shot in the Literary Battle of Lake Erie: Cooper’s Unpublished Reply to Alexander Slidell Mackenzie.” Literature in the Early American Republic 5 (2013): 1-100.

“The Pathfinder and Cooper’s Return to Popular Literature.” In Leather-Stocking Redux; or, Old Tales, New Essays. Ed. Jeffrey Walker. New York: AMS Press, 2011. 193-224.

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