American Literatures Group

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Recent Events

Guest Lecture
"Crime Scenes: Fictions of Security and Jurisprudence"
Caleb Smith (Yale University)
Fri., February 28, 2014
3:30 PM, Parlin 203

Journal Club
Thurs., February 27, 2014
12 PM, Parlin 312

Annual Potluck
Fri., November 9, 2012
7:30 PM

Cinemas Series
Screening of Coal Miner's Daughter
Tues., April 3, 2012
6 PM, Parlin 301

Happy Hour
Fri., November 11, 2011
5 PM at The Dog & Duck

Cinemas Series
Screening of Carmen Jones
Tues., November 8, 2011
6 PM, Mezes 1.216

Academics in Action: A Process-Oriented Symposium
October 21-22, 2010
The University of Texas at Austin


As an affiliate of the English Department Ph. D. concentration in American Literature, this interest group provides a forum for graduate students and faculty across the university to explore the discipline of American literary studies and to share differing perspectives on the study of US literatures, literary history, and culture.

Zora and Langston

ALG developed in response to graduate student and faculty interest in the opportunities afforded by a group devoted to the dynamic challenges of current American literary scholarship. We actively invite participation from scholars with a variety of interdisciplinary and literary interests, regardless of their declared concentration.

Image: Phoebe Beasley, Zora and Langston (mixed media, 1988).

ALG Events

ALG hosts a variety of events that contribute to the scholarship, pedagogy, professional development, and community of Americanist scholars. Faculty and students meet in the Journal Club once or more a semester to discuss articles in the broad field of American Literary studies -- theory, method, history, or criticism -- published within the last year. The Symposium on American Literary Studies brings in top scholars in American Literary Studies for a public keynote, pedagogy panel, and roundtable discussion. The Academics in Action Symposium provides an informal but structured space to share works-in-progress and to discuss the process of academic work, from pedagogy and institutional milestones to the state of the discipline(s) and interdisciplinary possibilities. The American Cinemas Series offers multiple film screenings each semester.