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Literature Professor Explores Roots of New England Gothic at Landmark College, November 1

The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series presents Dr. Adrienne Major on Tuesday, November 1 at 5 p.m. in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, located in the Lewis Academic Building.

A Professor of Literature at Landmark College, Major recently spent a sabbatical studying New England-based writers, paying particular attention to how they integrated the Gothic beliefs and ideas that Puritans and Separatists brought with them to the “New World.” Her talk will point to works by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson, among others, to illustrate characteristics of the regionally unique genre that has evolved from those colonial influences.

Dr. Major is an “almost life-long New Englander” who earned her Ph.D. in Literature from Tufts University and her bachelor’s from Smith College. Her academic interests include literature from the Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, and Victorian eras. She is currently curating a literary anthology based on the New England Gothic tradition this talk will explore.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information or questions about venue accessibility, please contact Lynne Shea at Driving directions, a campus map, and more information about the Landmark College Academic Speaker Series is available at

Videos of previous speaker presentations are made possible by Brattleboro Community Television and can be found at