Schedule Spring 2015

This semester, our “theme” will be the American short story. We have chosen readings from the SLU 19th Century American Literature List, and we hope to focus our discussions  on questions of genre and theme, as well as formal and theoretical practices. All readings have been linked to online editions of the short stories.

Our meetings for Spring 2015 will take place from on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. in Adorjan 341 with exceptions noted.


January 15: Intro meeting

January 26 @ 4pm: Job Candidate Talk–Marlene Daut, “Before Harlem: Towards a Transnational Literary Geography of Early African American Writing” (ADJ 142)

January 29 @ 1:30pm: Job Candidate Talk–Melissa Gniadek, “Re-Writing Settlement: Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym in Mammoth Cave” (ADJ 142)

January 29: Nathaniel Hawthorne, “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” (1832); “Young Goodman Brown” (1835); “Endicott and the Red Cross” (1836); “The Maypole of Merry Mount” (1836); “The Minister’s Black Veil” (1836); “Rappaccini’s Daughter” (1844); and “Ethan Brand” (1850)

February 2 @ 2pm: Job Candidate Talk–Juliana Chow, “Naked Nature: Audubon, Thoreau, and Natural History Sketches” (ADJ 142)

February 12: Crafting Abstracts Workshop with Ellen Crowell–please bring an abstract to work on

February 26: Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener” (1853) and “Benito Cereno” (1855)

February 27 @ 8pm: Performance of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Gaslight Theatre (358 N. Boyle), followed by post-performance discussion

March 19: Edgar Allan Poe, “The Man of the Crowd” (1840); “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1840); “The Gold-Bug” (1843); “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” (1844); “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1843); “The Purloined Letter” (1844-1845)

April 10 @ 3pm: Exhibitions at the St. Louis Art Museum–“Thomas Cole” and “Navigating the West”

April 23: 19th Century Pedagogy Workshop with Toby Benis

April 30: Ewan Jones (Cambridge U) Talk, 2-3pm followed by reception; 4-5pm talking with Athenaeum (ADJ142)

May 7: Graduate Student Presentations: Angie Blumberg and Heather Bozant Witcher

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