Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

A dynamic venue for critical and creative work at the University of Maryland, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies sponsors lectures, symposia, conferences, readings, and other activities.

For 2016-2017 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, “Migrations.”  Fall 2016 events associated with this theme include the college-wide initiative Democracy Then and Now, especially ARHU guest Claudia Rankine and English department talks by Ralph Bauer, Shirley Logan, Amy Wan, and Rhondda Thomas, as well as “Disciplinarity Before or As Interdisciplinarity?” the first of our Migrating Disciplines Roundtables.  Spring 2017 will feature the Center conference, “Forming Black Britain: Aesthetics, Itineraries, Diaspora,” March 9-10, 2017, with Petrou Lecturer Caryl Phillips and Keynote Speaker Hazel Carby. 

Other events throughout the year include symposiums, talks, colloquiums, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including on October 14-15, 2016, a visit from the Transatlantic Poetics Working Group and, on April 6-7, 2017, the conference "Women, Rhetoric, Writing."

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Migrations" in 2016-17 and 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Wed Apr 26

4:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 28

11:00 AM
The Michelle Smith Collaboratory, 4213 Art-Sociology Building

Sat Apr 29

10:00 AM

Tue May 2

2:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Wed May 3

Thu May 4

3:30 PM

Fri May 5

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Sat May 6

Wed May 10

4:30 PM

Thu Sep 14

10:00 AM

News

April 13, 2017
Barry Pearson compiled the 27th title from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic Piedmont Blues, offering an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style.
April 13, 2017
Martha Nell Smith will deliver “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Challenges Post-2016” at the University of Miami Humanities Center, April 20, 2017.
April 12, 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, Tom Earles, Clara Montague, Julia Maier, Jessica Morris, Charlotte Racioppo, and Leigh Ryan all presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA.
April 12, 2017
Holly Smith (hsmith11@umd.edu) announces that the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books will host a millennial-friendly literary salon on April 19th in Georgetown. If you have any aspiring-author students who might like to attend (or if you'd like to attend whether or not you're a millennial yourself), please let her know!
April 12, 2017
Brian Richardson’s 2015 book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was re-issued in paperback.He published an article on “Unnatural Narrative Theory” and responded to several commentators on the subject in the latest issue of Style. He also published “The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, eds. Brian Schiff and A. Elizabeth McKim (Oxford UP).He spoke on “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Film” at the International Narrative Conference in Lexington KY in March and is giving an invited lecture on “Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Drama” at the University of Freiburg in May.He gave a block seminar for graduate students and faculty on Narrative Dynamics at the University of Lisbon in early March.This semester he is a Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
April 12, 2017
MFA Candidate Chris Philpot has two poems ("Occupations of Uninhabited Space" and "I Am Full of Dread") in the most recent issue of Forklift, Ohio, and his poem "Category: Deserts of Utah" is forthcoming in the next issue of Whiskey Island. He also recently published an article ("Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) in the recent anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, published by Lexington Books.
April 12, 2017
Kent Cartwright’s essay on The Comedy of Errors and classical Greece has just been published as the lead essay in Shakespeare and Greece, ed. Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  He also recently gave a public lecture on “Italy and Place in Shakespeare's Comedies” to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia in Venice, Italy, and in April, in Florence, Italy, he is speaking on Much Ado About Nothing at a conference of the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.
April 12, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper titled "The Linguistic Construction to Thoughts and Feelings: A Cognitive Linguistic Introduction" at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication's sponsored talk of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.  The paper introduces a type of subordinate clause construction--the content clause--as a way that language users express stance, thoughts, and feelings toward ideas, a move necessary in academic argumentation.  At CCCC, Cameron was also nominated and accepted the role of conference chair of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.
April 12, 2017
Mark Fitzgerald was 1 of 12 poets selected to read at the closingceremony of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. His poem,"Night Paths," will appear in the spring issue of the San Pedro RiverReview.
April 12, 2017
Rachel Feingold am an adjunct with the Professional Writing Program, teaching Writing for the Arts (398A).She is the recipient of a 2017 NEA Translation Fellowship for her work as the editor of the premiere English translation of "Heaven Has No Ground," the last novel of famed Czech writer Hana Andronikova (who died of breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 44, after twice winning the Magnesia Litera, the Czech Republic's highest literary prize). DC-based indie publisher Plamen Press plans to publish it in 2018.
March 28, 2017
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. David Norbrook will deliver a paper titled “I write not for the presse to boast my own weaknesses to the world”: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration Public Sphere’.
February 14, 2017
Learn more about UMD's sustainability programs. Terps leave small footprints!
February 14, 2017
MITH and the AADHUM initiative warmly invite your participation in the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, to be held on campus, May 26 - June 2. The deadline for proposals is February 26.
November 22, 2016
Jhumpa Lahiri will  visit The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall Auditorium.
November 22, 2016
That time of the year is here! Share-A-Bear (Or Any New Stuffed Animal)!
November 18, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM, EDT. Qualifications only (not proposals).
November 18, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, November 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Drs. Holly Peppe and Tim Jackson will  discuss their recent edited collection: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition.”
November 2, 2016
It is that time of the year when we all have the opportunity to help out thousands of fellow citizens, animals and the environment in the state of Maryland who are going through tough times. 
November 1, 2016
The Opening Reception for The Stamp Gallery's latest exhibiton Black Maths is Free and Open to the Public and will take place Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
October 27, 2016
The Tournées Film Festival will run from October 27 to December 8 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Films will be shown every Thursday (with the exception of 11/24), followed by a guest lecture from a UMD Professor. For more information click here.
April 13, 2017
Barry Pearson compiled the 27th title from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic Piedmont Blues, offering an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style.
April 13, 2017
Martha Nell Smith will deliver “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Challenges Post-2016” at the University of Miami Humanities Center, April 20, 2017.
April 12, 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, Tom Earles, Clara Montague, Julia Maier, Jessica Morris, Charlotte Racioppo, and Leigh Ryan all presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA.
April 12, 2017
Holly Smith (hsmith11@umd.edu) announces that the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books will host a millennial-friendly literary salon on April 19th in Georgetown. If you have any aspiring-author students who might like to attend (or if you'd like to attend whether or not you're a millennial yourself), please let her know!
April 12, 2017
Brian Richardson’s 2015 book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was re-issued in paperback.He published an article on “Unnatural Narrative Theory” and responded to several commentators on the subject in the latest issue of Style. He also published “The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, eds. Brian Schiff and A. Elizabeth McKim (Oxford UP).He spoke on “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Film” at the International Narrative Conference in Lexington KY in March and is giving an invited lecture on “Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Drama” at the University of Freiburg in May.He gave a block seminar for graduate students and faculty on Narrative Dynamics at the University of Lisbon in early March.This semester he is a Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
April 12, 2017
MFA Candidate Chris Philpot has two poems ("Occupations of Uninhabited Space" and "I Am Full of Dread") in the most recent issue of Forklift, Ohio, and his poem "Category: Deserts of Utah" is forthcoming in the next issue of Whiskey Island. He also recently published an article ("Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) in the recent anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, published by Lexington Books.
April 12, 2017
Kent Cartwright’s essay on The Comedy of Errors and classical Greece has just been published as the lead essay in Shakespeare and Greece, ed. Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  He also recently gave a public lecture on “Italy and Place in Shakespeare's Comedies” to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia in Venice, Italy, and in April, in Florence, Italy, he is speaking on Much Ado About Nothing at a conference of the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.
April 12, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper titled "The Linguistic Construction to Thoughts and Feelings: A Cognitive Linguistic Introduction" at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication's sponsored talk of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.  The paper introduces a type of subordinate clause construction--the content clause--as a way that language users express stance, thoughts, and feelings toward ideas, a move necessary in academic argumentation.  At CCCC, Cameron was also nominated and accepted the role of conference chair of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.
April 12, 2017
Mark Fitzgerald was 1 of 12 poets selected to read at the closingceremony of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. His poem,"Night Paths," will appear in the spring issue of the San Pedro RiverReview.
April 12, 2017
Rachel Feingold am an adjunct with the Professional Writing Program, teaching Writing for the Arts (398A).She is the recipient of a 2017 NEA Translation Fellowship for her work as the editor of the premiere English translation of "Heaven Has No Ground," the last novel of famed Czech writer Hana Andronikova (who died of breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 44, after twice winning the Magnesia Litera, the Czech Republic's highest literary prize). DC-based indie publisher Plamen Press plans to publish it in 2018.