First Wednesdays: How World War I changed American literature

BRATTLEBORO — Barbara Will, Professor of English at Dartmouth College, will examine how the first World War altered the American literary landscape in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "World War I and American Writers," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Will's talk will focus on the effect of the war on American writers, particularly John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein, and explore how the war changed American literature and made it "modern."

Will's academic interests include American literature, modernism and postmodernism, and contemporary literary and feminist theory. She teaches core courses in those subjects as well as advanced seminars on topics ranging from "American Writers between the World Wars" to Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein. She is the author of "Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Fa , and the Vichy Dilemma," and "Gertrude Stein, Modernism, and the Problem of Genius." She holds a PhD from Duke University.

The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290, email or visit

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2017-2018 series are the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, The National Life Group Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences through the Vermont Department of Libraries. The First Wednesdays 2017-2018 series in Brattleboro is underwritten by Union Institute & University. "World War I and American Writers" is underwritten by Vermont Council on World Affairs. Brooks Memorial Library is underwritten by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Dead River Company, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, The Richards Group, and Windham World Affairs Council.


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