Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reading Group Discussion: Where is American Literature?

Please join the United States Literatures & Cultures Consortium for a discussion of selections from Caroline Field Levander's recent book:

Where Is American Literature? (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
Wednesday, February 5th
3241 Angell Hall
4:00-5:30 PM

- Downloadable PDF chapters are available via Mirlyn.

- Reading selections: "Introduction: Discovering American Literature" plus another brief chapter of your choosing. We suggest the chapter "In the Club" (under "Part Three: Communities") on the positioning of book clubs in the U.S. literary establishment as a interesting place to sample Levander's approach, but invite you to follow up on the threads that intrigue you most.

Our discussion of Prof. Levander's work (selections to be announced the week before) will lead up to her visit to UM and lecture on February 13th.  We look forward to seeing you at these and other upcoming events:

Thursday, February 13th, 4 PM, Angell 3222
- Lecture by Caroline F. Levander (Rice University): "Designing American Literature"

Monday, March 24th, 4 PM, Angell 3222
- Lecture by Hsuan Hsu (UC Davis): "Twain, Chinese Immigration, and Comparative Racialization"

Tuesday, March 25th, 4 PM (location TBD)
- Discussion of Prof. Hsu's work-in-progress, "Literary Cartographies and the Scales of Environmental Justice"
Please email Lisa Jong at with questions about these events.