Literature is a portal to a larger life, opening a space where understanding and empathy can grow.
When we study literature, we have the chance to travel through the centuries and across the globe by way of an intimate immersion in another person’s experiences of life’s subtleties, paradoxes, joys, pains, and truths. Whether thinking about ethics in Dostoevsky, narrative voice in Faulkner, environment in Jesmyn Ward, or lyric address in Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz, students of literature dig deeply into how words come together to create meaning. At Marlboro, we ask what novels, poems, plays, and memoirs can tell us about the cultures in which they are made, but also how these works tell new stories, introduce powerful metaphors, transform the ways we see and think about certain subjects, and otherwise shape conversations and attitudes.
War stories: Exploring the progression of Tim O’Brien and the gendered nature of war literature and film
The image of memory: Structure, desire, and identity in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and other selected works
The Mirror of Stories: Examinations of Miguel Ángel Asturias’ “Leyenda de la Tatuana” and Ahmet Hilmi’s Awakened Dreams, and a retelling of a myth
Uncovering selfhood: Acquisition of knowledge of the self for women in Victorian literature and history
The Keeping House: Poems, short fiction, and an essay on the travel poems of Elizabeth Bishop
The Body Alone Listens: An exploration of the sounds of Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway through musical composition and literary analysis
Incorporating bibliotherapy into higher education settings: A literature review, research study, collaboration, and literary essay
“The dark voicelessness in which the words are the deeds”: Considering death and grief through reading and writing
Lacking: A reckoning with absence through the lenses of Beloved, Housekeeping, and Infinite Jest
Paradise, para quién?: How small communities (re)claim space in the Costa Rican tourism industry
“I will embrace suffering and begin to live”: A study of suffering in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Dostoevsky
“A group of trees is called a forest”: An accidental education in the West, the wild, and a changing world