Research and Reading Groups

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Caribbean Reading Group

The Caribbean Reading Group is a multi-disciplinary faculty and graduate reading group co-founded in 2007 by faculty in English and History. The group meets semesterly to discuss classic or significant new texts in Caribbean Studies, sometimes with the authors or guest-scholars present. Contact Shalini Puri at for more information.

Children's Literature and Childhood Studies Reading Group

The Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies reading group is open to interested graduate students and faculty. We typically meet twice a semester to discuss works of theory in childhood studies and/or fictional texts marketed towards children or young adults, including novels, graphic novels, and poetry. Contact Mary Gryctko at for more information.

Digital Media Reading Group

The Digital Media Reading Group was created to bring together faculty and students from literature, composition studies, and film studies who share research interests in digital media and technology. We read contemporary scholarship in digital media studies as well as foundational works on theories of computing, mediation, communication, and technology. The reading group meets at least once per semester. Contact Annette Vee at for more information.

Medieval Latin Reading Group

The Medieval Latin Reading Group is sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and the Humanities Center. It is open to graduate students and faculty (and advanced undergraduates) in the Pittsburgh community. We are currently reading Fasciculus Morum, a fourteenth-century preaching manual. We meet every other Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. One hour is devoted to prepared reading, the other to sight reading. Contact Ryan McDermott at for more information.

Summer Reading Groups

Summer Reading Groups: The English Graduate Student Organization helps facilitate summer reading groups each year on topics students propose in the spring. Recent groups coordinated by literature students include science fiction, Native American literature, the American novel, postmodernism, magical realism, literature pedagogy, science and literature, humor, Marxist theory, body studies, food and culture, Badiou, Infinite Jest, Finnegans Wake, and postcolonial literature.