The Center for Writing Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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IPRH and FOCAL reading groups organized by Center for Writing Studies affiliated faculty and graduate students include:

Rhetorical Studies

The RSRG is an interdisciplinary group of faculty/grad students interested in all aspects of rhetoric and public discourse. Since its inception in 2006, the RSRG has hosted over 20 visiting scholars as reading group guests. We also gather together to take up current work in the field, plan for conference submissions, and the like. If you're interested in rhetorical studies (or merely rhetoric-curious), please consider joining us if you aren't a regular already. We meet about 4-5 times per academic year. For more information or to be added to the group's listserv, contact Cara Finnegan at


Youth, Literature, and Culture

Hosted by the Center for Children’s Books, this is a research workshop and reading group that explores youth literature, media, and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and draws scholars from library science, education, English literature, and other departments.  The group, which draws from a number of universities in the region, meets several times per semester to share and encourage new critical work by its members and to reflect on significant trends and publications. Contact: Deborah Stevenson, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Past Groups

Narrative tellings, retellings and remediations: Readings on situated discourse practice

Analysis of narratives has been central to many disciplines. Recent work has moved from an isolated focus on linguistic construction of narrative textuality to the situated discourse practices of narrative tellings and retellings, including semiotic remediations (whether shifts in material, embodied performance or across media—from talk to text to film to video game). In meetings led by the organizers, participants, and invited visitors, this reading group will explore multidisciplinary approaches to narrative discourse practice.