The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society is hosting a virtual book talk with Ashley C. Barnes: “Romantic Spectatorship: Self-Portrait as a Stranger’s Head in The Blithedale Romance“, on Friday, November 18 at 2 p.m. online via Zoom. Barnes is the author of Love and Depth in the American Novel and an Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Texas, Dallas. Her book examines the American love story in literature and offers a fresh perspective on literary theory by delving into 19th century American novels by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others.

Join the virtual book talk on Zoom here and check back to this page for a recording after the event.

The Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville societies hosted a virtual speaker event on January 28, 2022, with Damien Schlarb about his new book, Melville’s Wisdom (Oxford, 2021), in which he explores how Herman Melville responds to the spiritual crisis of modernity by using the language of the Old Testament wisdom literature to negotiate contemporary discourses on religion, skepticism, and literature.

The Barter Theatre’s adaptation of “The Scarlet Letter” is now available for streaming on Barter on Demand. The Barter Theatre is based out of Abingdon Virginia

The Scarlet Letter preview:

Barter on Demand link:

Catherine Bush, Playwright-in-Residence. Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA

On Tuesday, August 17th, 2021, Marianne Nobel, author of Rethinking Sympathy and Human Contact in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, presented at the webinar, “Some True Relation: Hawthorne’s Understanding of Human Contact.”

(Left to right) Ariel Silver (Hawthorne Society President-Elect) Chuck Baraw (Hawthorne Society President) and Marianne Noble

(Below) The flyer from the webinar hosted by the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, August 2021.

The Great American Novel Series: Twice-Told Tales Webinar Event, September 7th, 2021.

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