George Orwell Reading Group

The works of British writer and journalist George Orwell has seen a resurgence in popularity since the election of Donald Trump.  Hailed as a literary hero by both the Left and Right, Orwell's work is crucial to understanding our times. This group will meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 10am to 11am at St Lucy's Cafe. We are currently reading Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. All are welcome.


Literature and Environment Reading Group

A weekly Wednesday reading group on Literature and the Environment will begin on Wednesday 30th August 2017 from 3pm-4pm in Room E112, Forgan Smith Building. It is anticipated that the group will cover a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, essays, and speculative fiction. All are welcome. 


Foucault Reading Group

The Foucault reading group will meet on Thursday mornings, 10:00-12:00, in Michie 827. All are welcome.


Contemporary Australian Novels by Women Reading Group

All are very welcome to participate in the newly-formed Contemporary Australian Novels by Women Reading Group, to be held monthly in Room 708 (Michie Building) from Thursday 17 March 2016 from 3:00-4:30pm. Each month, the group will discuss a pre-selected 21st-century novel by an Australian woman writer. The first novel will be Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things, however suggestions for future novels are warmly invited.


Drama Reading Group

Comprising postgraduate and honours students, and staff, this group meets two or three times during semester to discuss theatre theory and practice, and issues relating to performance.


Finnegan's Wake Reading Group

Meeting the first Thursday of every month at Avid Reader, West End: 6pm - 8pm.  


Literary Theory and Criticism Reading Group

This group is reading all the major works of the western critical tradition since the Greeks, and material bearing on that. All are welcome! The group's convenor is Dan O'Neill, a former member of the School and currently Honorary Research Advisor, who can be contacted for further information. At the present time we are meeting between 2:30pm and 5:30pm every Friday in the Michie building. We are currently reading the letters and poems of John Keats.


Michie Reading Groups

These groups meet every Thursday between 1 - 5pm at Kings College, UQ St Lucia campus. The groups are led by Dan O'Neill, an Honorary Research Advisor with the School, and have been running since early 2003. The groups are quite informal, highly social and welcome new members. The first group begins at 1pm and goes until 3pm and the second group, which meets after afternoon tea and begins around 3.20pm.  We are currently reading George Eliot's Middlemarch from 1 - 3pm.  From 3.30 - 5pm we are reading John Milton's Paradise Lost beginning on Thursday 19th October 2017.. 


Aristotle's Ethics Reading Group

This group is going to read its way through Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, with occasional diversions into Roman comedies and tragedies.   The time is 8pm - 10pm every Thursday night, at 47 Merton Street, Woolloongabba, the house of Allan Gardiner.


Pastoral Reading Group

This group reads a range of literary and critical texts relating to the pastoral tradition, and to classical and environmental writing more generally. New members are welcome. No preparatory reading required, no texts necessary. All meetings will be in room 827, Michie Building (Building #9) unless othewise advised, from 4:00pm - 4:30pm (11 March, 8 April, 29 April, 20 May, 10 June. 1 July).


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