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.

News

May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 17, 2017
Instructor and UMD MFA graduate Meg Eden's debut novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is coming out June 13th from Rare Bird Books.
May 15, 2017
Congratulations to Catherine Bayly and Maggie Ray, recipients of the 201​7​ Professional Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards!
May 11, 2017
Congratulations to our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Continue reading to learn about their plans for their post-Maryland careers!
May 11, 2017
Denise Frye Childers, who was an English major at UMD in the early 1990s was recently named named the Charles County Teacher of the Year.
May 9, 2017
Christopher Suarez, MA student in the English Department, presented his paper "Race and Critical Practice: Robert Penn Warren’s Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse & Voices” at the Robert Penn Warren Circle April 20-23 at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
April 25, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.
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 25, 2017
Four of our students in the English Department were selected to be Senior Marshals: Elizabeth Caldera, Casey DeFrancesco, Melissa Eck, and Emmy Schafer. These students will help lead the procession at the main campus commencement ceremony, and will also be honored at a reception.
April 21, 2017
There has never been a more important time for Terps to continue leading the way on climate action and sustainability. Protecting our Earth requires a year round commitment and Earth Day provides a unique and fun-filled opportunity to celebrate and recognize the work being done for a better planet and environment. 
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. 
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 17, 2017
Instructor and UMD MFA graduate Meg Eden's debut novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is coming out June 13th from Rare Bird Books.
May 15, 2017
Congratulations to Catherine Bayly and Maggie Ray, recipients of the 201​7​ Professional Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards!
May 11, 2017
Congratulations to our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Continue reading to learn about their plans for their post-Maryland careers!
May 11, 2017
Denise Frye Childers, who was an English major at UMD in the early 1990s was recently named named the Charles County Teacher of the Year.
May 9, 2017
Christopher Suarez, MA student in the English Department, presented his paper "Race and Critical Practice: Robert Penn Warren’s Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse & Voices” at the Robert Penn Warren Circle April 20-23 at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
April 25, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.
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.