Research and Reading Groups

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Adoption Studies Reading Group

The Adoption Studies Reading Group is interdisciplinary and open to interested faculty and students. It usually meets in the summer to discuss recent articles about adoption in literature and culture. Recently, it has coordinated an adoption film festival in connection with the Pittsburgh Consortium for Adoption Studies, and met with visiting Humanities Center scholar David Eng. For more information, contact Marianne Novy,

Capital Reading Group

The Capital Reading Group is open to all graduate students to discuss Karl Marx's Das Kapital a couple chapters at a time. We typically meet once a month on Fridays. Contact Thomas Bair III at or Brennan Chambre at for more information.

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.

Postcolonial Studies Reading Group

The Postcolonial Studies Reading Group was founded in 2011 and is open to interested graduate students. The group discusses theoretical and literary works, both canonical and new, at least once a semester. We plan to include a workshop and presentation element in order for young scholars to hone their craft. Contact Liam O'Loughlin at for more information.

Queer Studies Reading Group

The Queer Studies Reading Group is a multi-disciplinary faculty and graduate reading group. We meet to discuss a wide range of texts (poetry, nonfiction, graphic novels, theory, etc.) and to generate conversations to further our research, writing, and/or teaching. The group meets a few times each semester to discuss a few chapters from a book of common interest. Contact Jenny Johnson 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.