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The Scarlet Letter

In this talk Stephen Alexander examines a classic of Gothic American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850.

Stephen Alexander

Writer and philosophical critic Stephen Alexander presents a provocative paper in this seminar-style evening. Those with a scholarly-literary bent will enjoy this evening from a literary agent-provocateur, whose essays never fail to shock. Tonight he examines a classic of Gothic American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850). Set in Puritan New England, it tells the tale of a young beautiful adulteress, Hester Prynne, and her illicit demon-child born of sinful passion. Alexander riffs on witchcraft, power and cruelty in a time when the maypole has been replaced by a whipping post, when men with black hats enforce God’s judgement with grim determination. Stephen Alexander is a London-based writer with a Ph.D. in Modern European Philosophy and Literature. He has given over thirty previous papers at Treadwell’s on topics including thanatology and object-oriented ontology.

Price: £7

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.


Dr Stephen Alexander | talks


Date and Time:

4 July 2013 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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