Organized by a professor from the English department, the graduate student reading group is a great way to explore literary and cultural theory at both beginner and advanced levels. This longstanding group is known for its relaxed atmosphere and for bringing grad students and profs together to expand their theoretical knowledge in directions not covered by coursework. During the first few weeks of classes, BABEL’s faculty facilitator arranges a meeting with interested grad students to create a reading list and to arrange a schedule for the year. Even though the reading group is not a formal requirement to the program, students are encouraged to attend this venue, since its exploratory scope will greatly assist them in developing the theoretical dimensions of their research projects, grant proposals, and dissertations.
Fall Schedule 2017
Friday, October 20th, 1:00-2:30
Walter Benjamin, “Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century” Perspecta 12 (1969): 163-72.
Siegfried Kracauer, “Two Planes,” “Analysis of a City Map,” and “Farewell to the Linden Arcade,” from The Mass Ornament (36-44, 336-342) [these are extremely short]
Friday, November 3rd, 1:00-2:30
Jane Jacobs, “The Uses of City Neighborhoods,” The Death and Life of American Cities (112-140).
Friday, November 17th, 1:00-2:30
Peter Stallybrass and Allon White, “The City: The Sewer, The Gaze, and the Contaminating Touch,” The Politics and Poetics of Transgression (125-48).