English Graduate Organization (EGO)
This organization serves both social and scholarly functions on behalf of English graduate students. EGO organizes social functions, including the Fall Picnic and Coffee Hour. At the Fall Picnic, we welcome new graduate students by grilling them tasty food. At our monthly coffee hours we hold workshops and invite faculty members to share their experiences with us. With the close of each semester, we have a "kudos party," where we compile and read a list of the accomplishments of all graduate students. EGO also supports graduate student scholarship by funding certain events (decided on a case-by-case basis) and encouraging conference attendance and publishing projects. EGO has representatives to both the Undergraduate and Graduate committees, as the as Saint Louis University's Graduate Student Association (GSA). Through EGO's affiliation with the GSA graduate students are able to receive conference funding. For more information, please contact the current president, Abigail Lambke at email@example.com.
President : Abigail Lambke
Vice President: Elizabeth Hedrick-Moser
Secretary : Melissa Williams
Treasurer : Rebecca Schisler
Event Coordinator : Janella Moy
Undergraduate Committee Representative: Amanda Barton
Graduate Student Association Representatives: Katie Zabrowski, Patrick Brooks
Graduate Committee Representatives: Anthony Cirilla, Austin McIntire
The Kudos List is a listing of accomplishments by graduate students during the semester. It is read at the end of the semester EGO reception.
The Woode-Walkers Medieval Reading Group
"He moste needes walke in woode that may not walke in toune."
(The Tale of Gamelyn, line 672)
The Woode-walkers were founded in the summer of 2008, and the group is open to any interested graduate students. They take their name from a fourteenth-century English romance, in which Gamelyn must take to the woods while living the life of an outlaw. (Woode is a pun on "woods" and the Middle English term "wode," an adjective that describes individuals who are excited, senseless, or just plain mad, such as grad students!) This group reads medieval literary and historical texts, as well as modern critical theory, and meets for weekly discussions with one member serving as the discussion leader. For more information on the Woode-walkers, please contact Justin Noetzel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The primary purpose of Green Ink, the Graduate Writers Workshop, is to promote a community of writers who value writing as an art and craft. The objectives of the workshop are to share writing (in all states of the writing process, from invention to publication), offer feedback, gain insight about the publishing world from experienced writers, as well as to read and reflect on various works that can inform one's writing, ultimately creating a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for any and all writers in the English Graduate Program at SLU. Schedule: Green Ink will meet monthly on Fridays. Time and Location TBA.
Athenaeum: 19th-Century British Literature Reading Group
This is a collection of English graduate students who come together to discuss literary and non-fiction works of the period, central theorists, and the critical conversation surrounding these various works. This network of scholars also functions as an arena for exploring issues of professionalization, aiding each other in progressing through the program, and reading/reviewing each others' work. Group members vary in the stage of scholarship (from beginning graduate school to writing the dissertation). Each meeting has a different focus designed to help graduate students succeed. The group has a WebCT page maintained by Sarah Schwab that serves as an online forum for communication, announcements, and exchanges of manuscripts for group review. Schedule: 3-4 times per semester, days and times change to accommodate members of the group. For more information, contact Lynn Linder (email@example.com) or Sarah Schwab (firstname.lastname@example.org).
American Literature Reading Group
The American Literature reading group invites graduate students and faculty interested in American literature and culture to discuss, usually once a month, a piece of American writing. We pick readings from any genre and time period and base our selections on members' suggestions (often linked to exam preparations or dissertation reading material). We also share thoughts on background information about and theory approaches to the primary readings. The group does not have officially designated presenters for the sessions, but rather takes the shape of one big group conversation. If you have any questions about the American Literature reading group, please contact Ina Seethaler at email@example.com.
Masters Exam Reading Group
This group currently consists of a group of first year MA students preparing to take the MA exam; we meet once every other week. The primary intent of this group is to provide a brief introduction to the required texts on the MA reading list, in addition to their historical context and scholarly criticisms. Additionally, during each of our sessions we invite a professor to sit-in our discussions. Closer to our taking the actual exam we might also try to set up "mock" exams as well. For those unable to attend various sessions, a Google document is set up (forthcoming) that will summarize key points, suggested textual editions, and other suggested reading materials.
The Critical Theory Club
The Critical Theory Club was begun in Fall 2006 as an opportunity to read and discuss newer works of critical theory as a group. We will attempt whenever possible to read works in their entirety and not in excerpts (as in the Rivkin and Ryan anthology). In addition, we hope to stress those works of theory and philosophy that are shaping the discourse of contemporary debates in literary studies. For the most part, we will all be reading these texts for the first time together; no one "presents" on the material, but we bring our questions, frustrations, and (occasionally) conclusions to an open forum. This group is for the benefit of all graduate students in the Department, regardless of individual areas of specialization. Schedule: At present, we plan to meet about three times a semester, at monthly intervals. Meetings are usually - but not always - on Tuesday afternoons, when no grad classes are scheduled. For more information, contact David Olsen.