Reading Group

Each of our Spring 2021 guest speaker sessions will be preceded by a reading group meeting in which graduate students will discuss two articles or excerpts on issues of interdisciplinarity. The reading group is intended to allow participants to consider some of the issues in depth before our guest speaker sessions, and also to begin building a community of scholars across departments who have research interests in common and are confronting the same challenges and exciting opportunities in their interdisciplinary research.

Scheduling details and texts for the reading group sessions will be posted here when available.  Please sign up for our mailing list if you are interested in participating in the reading groups or guest speaker sessions.


Reading Group 1
Date: Thursday, February 4th
Time: 2PM EST

Reading materials:

  1. Preface to Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science. Cornell University Press, 1990. JSTOR,
  2. Smith, Barbara Hernstein. “Scientizing the Humanities: Shifts, Collisions, Negotiations.” Common Knowledge (New York, N.Y.), vol. 22, no. 3, Duke University Press, 2016, pp. 353–72.
  3. Chapter 2, “Digital Humanities: Engaging the Issues,” in Katherine Hayles, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. University of Chicago Press, 2012. (Requested a copy of chapter from the Library). 

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Reading Group 3

Date: Tuesday March 30th
Time: 1PM EST

Reading materials:

    1. Auyoung, E. (2018-11-29). Tolstoy’s Embodied Reader: Grasping the Fictional World. In When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 Mar. 2021, from
    2. Park S.S. (2015) The Dilemma of Cognitive Literary Studies. In: Gildea N., Goodwyn H., Kitching M., Tyson H. (eds) English Studies: The State of the Discipline, Past, Present, and Future. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
    3. Jonathan Kramnick; The Interdisciplinary Fallacy. Representations 1 November 2017; 140 (1): 67–83. doi:
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