Since 2007, the Nineteenth-Century American Reading Group has provided graduate students in the humanities at Cornell the opportunity to discuss canonical and lesser-known long nineteenth-century texts in a casual scholarly setting. Founded both in support of growing numbers of students at Cornell working on the literary, cultural, and material histories of the long American nineteenth century and, even more significantly, in encouragement of work in this field, the group meets monthly to discuss a single text or a set of readings. Interested in engaging and extending scholarship in the field, the group also hosts periodic lectures and events, and collaborates with the 18th-/19th-Century British Reading Group to host an annual colloquium in the Spring semester. Though officially housed in the Department of English, the group’s focus is interdisciplinary with members hailing from English, History, and Government.

Those interested in membership can be added to the email list by contacting Xine Yao ( or Jesse Goldberg (, ARG coordinators. Those otherwise interested can follow us on Facebook.

The painting reproduced on this page and sampled in the page headers throughout is Colors of America (40”x30” Acrylic on Canvas) by Jonathan S. Woods.


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ARG is sponsored by the GPSAFC.