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 Inés de la Cruz, students of literature dig deeply into how words come together to create meaning. At Marlboro, students learned what novels, poems, plays, and memoirs could tell us about the cultures in which they are made, and 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.


Gloria Biamonte


Veronica Brelsford

Languages, Literature

Rosario de Swanson

Languages, Literature, Gender Studies

Richard Glejzer


Kyhl Lyndgaard

Writing, Literature, Environmental Studies

Rituparna Mitra

Literature, Writing

John Sheehy

Literature, Writing

Laura Stevenson

Literature, Writing

Bronwen Tate

Creative Writing, Literature

T Hunter Wilson

Literature, Writing