Kent State Theory Reading Group

Things are afoot in the English Literature graduate program at Kent State. The other day I met Professor Raja at Starbucks to hang out and talk about postmodern theory. While we enjoyed our coffee on the patio, we hatched a scheme for a theory reading group that would enable face-to-face discussion and online interaction with others beyond the confines of KSU.

Our initial plan is to use the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism and read it from start to finish so that we can trace the development and progression of theory from its “beginning.” Another possibility would be to eventually include larger works such as Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and go chapter-by-chapter or concept-by-concept.

It is our plan to meet twice a month on campus where we will discuss a couple of selections from the anthology. The online component of the group would allow folks who cannot be at the meetings (including those persons at other institutions) to take part in the discussions. Additionally, the online discussions may begin or continue the in person deliberations at the bimonthly meetings.

I am collating the responses from folks I have emailed about the group. If you are interested in this and I forgot to include you on the email, please drop me a line or comment to this post.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.