Graduate-Faculty Interest & Reading Groups

THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY / ROMANTIC WORKING GROUP is comprised of graduate students who meet regularly to share work-in-progress, debate secondary criticism, and discuss matters of pre-professional concern to young scholars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. For more information, email the group at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (MEMSA) is an organization dedicated to supporting medieval and early modern graduate students in their academic and professional development by providing a community of scholars in which they may share their research, teaching, and grant and job search experiences. Scholarly activities include methodologies workshops, focused reading groups, conferences, round tables, and mock exams designed to assist graduate students in their exam preparation, research, and professional lives. We partner with various other organizations across campus to cultivate interdisciplinary dialogue and a robust community of emerging scholars.  For more information, current officers Alex Zobel, Megan Smith, Michael Weinberg, and Gillian Gower may be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For up-to-date information about our forthcoming events, please join our OrgSync group (UCLA’s online community management system) using your campus ID. You can access our OrgSync page here.

THE LONG EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY COLLOQUIUM is an interdisciplinary two-hour seminar, held at the Huntington Library four or five times each year. It features work and speakers from all aspects of the period. Past talks have approached the eighteenth century from the perspective of literary studies, performance studies, musicology, history, history of science, and art history. Funded generously by the USC-Early Modern Studies Institute, it is the first collaborative effort among the Huntington, UCLA, and USC. Speakers, who have included Malcolm Baker (Art History, UC-Riverside), Laura Brown (English-Cornell), and John Brewer (Humanities, Cal Tech), are drawn from the local community and community of Huntington fellows, with one or two visiting speakers per year. For further information please contact either Prof. Felicity Nussbaum, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Prof. Emily Anderson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY GROUP meets once each quarter on a Thursday or Friday evening at a faculty member’s home to discuss literary, historical, and cultural matters from 1660 to the early nineteenth century. Drawing on the vibrant eighteenth-century community in Los Angeles, we invite a scholar who is visiting the Huntington or the Clark Library, or a faculty member from an institution in the Los Angeles area, to present a pre-circulated paper followed by a lively in-depth exchange. Recent speakers have included Harriet Guest (York), Carole Fabricant (UC-Riverside), and Joseph Roach (Yale).  For further information, please contact graduate student co-ordinators Alex E. Hernandez, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vivian Davis, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE GENDER/RACE/SEXUALITY (GRS) READING GROUP is an interdisciplinary collection of grad students, post-docs, and professors who meet once per quarter to discuss a recently-published chapter or article on one or more of our titular topics. Recent readings have included excerpts from Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism, Eve Sedgwick’s The Weather in Proust, and Judith Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure. For more information or to be added to the listserv, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FEMINIST STUDIES READING GROUP
This group welcomes graduate students and faculty interested in literature by women and feminist literary theories for informal discussions of current projects and various issues related to women in the academy. For more information, contact Courtney D. Johnson.

THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES GROUP
This group welcomes all graduate students and faculty to informal discussions of books, articles, and works-in-progress related to LGBT literature, culture, and theory. For more information, please contact Courtney D. Johnson.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PEDAGOGY WORKING GROUP meets at least once each quarter and welcomes all graduate students and faculty. The goals of this working group are to read and discuss current research on higher education pedagogy with a special emphasis on social justice-oriented approaches, to create opportunities for graduate students to workshop and share lesson plans and techniques, to create a community-wide dialogue on the practical applications of these practices in the classroom, and to workshop papers related to pedagogy. All of the above will be approached with an emphasis on social justice. Social justice in pedagogy requires examining not only the content of courses, but also the structures and methodologies by which educators create communities in the classroom. For more information and/or to join our mailing list, please email Vanessa Febo and Christine Gottlieb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE UCLA ROMANTIC STUDY GROUP meets once a quarter on a Thursday evening at the home of Prof. Anne K. Mellor. After an informal wine-and-cheese get-together, we assemble to hear and discuss a scholarly paper on some aspect of Romantic-era literature and culture by a scholar, either someone who is visiting Los Angeles or someone who is a member of our group. Graduate students and faculty from the greater Los Angeles area, as far afield as UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, USC, and Cal Tech, regularly attend the meetings. Recent speakers have included Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), Susan Wolfson (Princeton), Denise Gigante (Stanford), and UCLA's own Juan Sanchez. For further information, please contact graduate student co-ordinator Fuson Wang, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY GROUP is an interdisciplinary research colloquium for the study of British literature and culture broadly and openly defined, including trans-atlantic exchanges, empire, and more. We are interested in the long nineteenth century—including the late eighteenth century and the Edwardian period. The Group holds meetings each quarter for the purpose of providing a place where graduate students and faculty can share their work in progress. We also discuss work circulated by invited visiting scholars. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Scholarly participants from outside UCLA are welcome. For information contact Prof. Jonathan Grossman, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

THE AMERICANIST RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM (ARC) is an intellectual meeting-place for scholars with interests in any area or period of American literature and culture. Graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and other visitors are welcome to participate. The colloquium has met regularly since 2002, and usually convenes three or four times per quarter, on Thursday afternoons at 4:00, to discuss work in progress by its members and by invited guests. The usual format is a pre-circulated paper or draft chapter, which is presented for discussion (although occasionally we host a formal lecture, or convene a roundtable), followed by refreshments and sociability. UCLA graduate student alumni of ARC are now teaching at some of the finest universities and colleges around the country. ARC is coordinated by Prof. Christopher Looby, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE CHICANA/O LITERARY STUDIES READING GROUP brings together faculty and students across several departments at UCLA including English, Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Chicana/o Studies. The group meets once a month during the school year to discuss current work in the field and to workshop members' own writing. Recent meetings have dealt with Hemispheric American studies, Latina feminism, and writing the dissertation prospectus. Topics are guided by members' interests, as are the speakers we invite. In the coming year the group has plans to have a video conference with Mary Pat Brady (Cornell) and María Cotera (Michigan). For more information contact Professor Marissa López, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE AND THEORY COLLOQUIUM meets on a monthly basis to workshop faculty and graduate student essays, to discuss recent scholarship in the field, and to host lectures and events on campus. Recent sponsored events include lectures from Peter Hulme (Essex) and Nabil Matar (Minnesota), a conference on “Globalized Islands”, a film screening by Anne Keala Kelly, and a book launch of recent Chamorro writing. For more details, and to subscribe to our email list, see the PLTC website: http://postcolonial.english.ucla.edu/.

THE SYSTEMS THEORY GROUP is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and faculty dedicated to the discussion of critical texts and group members' work. Founded in January 2003, it meets several times throughout the academic year. Past readings have included the works of Niklas Luhmann, Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, Kate Hayles, and Villem Flusser. The group has also hosted guest speakers, including William Rasch of Indiana University's German department, and Dario Nardi of UCLA's Human Complex Systems. For the coming academic year, we plan a return to the"roots" of systems theory by beginning with foundational essays by Humberto Maturana, Heinz von Foerster, and Ludwig von Bertalanffy, and then continue on to selected works by Niklas Luhmann. Please email James Pulizzi, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to be added to the group's email list.

POETRY READINGS AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM: The longest continuously operating series of poetry readings in southern California began forty-two years ago at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center under the direction of Doris Curran, whose project Professor Stephen Yenser has advised nearly from the beginning and has curated since 1993. Each year it presents eight or nine poets, many of whom have been awarded prizes such as the Nobel, the Bollingen, the Tanning, and the Pulitzer; fellowships ranging from the MacArthur to the Guggenheim; and terms as Poet Laureate of the United States. The coming year’s schedule includes former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Irish poet Eamon Grennan, and UCLA Ph.D. Rhoda Janzen. Each year’s program concludes in June with UCLA students who have won poetry awards during the academic year.

CULTURES OF AESTHETICISM BEFORE AND AFTER OSCAR WILDE is a year-long program (2010-11) directed by Professor Joseph Bristow at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (UCLA), which houses the largest Wilde archive in the world. The Clark Library, which is located in the Adams District of Los Angeles, was bequeathed to the University of California in the 1930s. During weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9 of each quarter, the "Cultures of Aestheticism" program will host a reading group for students and faculty members interested in engaging in fresh research on the art for art's sake movement, which exerted considerable influence over Wilde. The core of the reading group comprises three postdoctoral fellows--Elisha Cohn, Renée Fox, and Neil Hultgren--who are affiliated with the program. The initial meeting will take place in the North Reading Room at the Clark at 2.00pm on Wednesday, October 6, when attendees will decide on the readings they wish to pursue. For information about the Clark Library visit http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/clarklib/. Details about the "Cultures of Aestheticism" program can be accessed at http://www.c1718cs.ucla.edu/cultures-of-aestheticism/. For information about the reading group, contact Professor Bristow, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

THE READING GROUP IN POETRY AND POETICS meets three times per quarter to discuss theories and problems related to (primarily) English-language poetry, both contemporary and historical, and to read poems that relate to or intervene in these discussions. The group welcomes, in addition to students of poetry, students with interest in literary forms and formalism more generally. Email Elisa Harkness ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for information regarding readings and meeting times.