Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will kick off a five-part lecture series exploring literature, politics and culture in the United States through the genre of short stories, Sept. 11.

The series, which will be led by Mark Scarbrough, a scholar on 19th Century American literature, will be held Mondays at 10 a.m. through Oct. 16 at the Wykeham Road library.

While the short story didn’t originate in the United States, it became the form the new nation re-invented and made its own.

From Nathaniel Hawthorne through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, participants will examine these changes through our cultural history before and after the Civil War.

The discussions will explore Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux Sept. 11, Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” Sept. 18, Bret Harte’s “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” Sept. 25, Charles Chestnutt’s “The Wife of His Youth” Oct. 2 and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” Oct. 16.

Copies of the short stories will be available at the circulation desk, when reserved in advance. Please sign up today. Supplies are limited.

For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.