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 2018-19 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, "Resistance."  

Fall 2018 events associated with this theme include the Petrou lecture (October 23, 2018) and polyseminar (October 24, 2018) given by Viet Thenh Nguyen; events associated with FrankenReads to celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and participation in the National Day on Writing. In addition, on November 15, 2018, the department celebrates Distinguished Scholar Teacher Merle Collins.

Spring 2019 will feature a conference on April 25-26, 2019 to celebrate the career of Distinguished University Professor Mary Helen Washington, Genealogies & Futures of Black Aesthetics. The Department of English joins with the Department of Communication to host the Rhetoric Society of America's summer institute from June 3 to June 8, 2018; the workshops and seminars focus on  Archives, Diversity, Memory, Politics, and Protest.

Other events throughout the year include symposia, talks, colloquia, book launches, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including, on October 12, 2018, a workshop on Stasis Theory and the acclaimed Writers Here and Now series. 

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Resistance" in 2019-20 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 25

Wed Oct 31

Wed Nov 7

Fri Nov 9

Thu Nov 15

Fri Nov 30

3:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room TBD

Wed Dec 5

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Dec 7

Wed Feb 13

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Thu Feb 21

Tue Feb 26

Thu Feb 28

Wed Mar 13

7:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Tue Mar 26

Wed Apr 10

7:00 PM

Fri Apr 26

Tue Apr 30

Fri May 3

10:00 AM
Tawes Hall

News

October 11, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
October 4, 2018
The article and video, "Create a ‘Personal Brand,’ and Other Tips Learned During a Day With a Recruiter," highlight Connolly's experience as a recruiter.
October 1, 2018
The $10,000 award will support Professor Collins's course, "Caribbean Literature: Literature and Ideas in the Caribbean," which will be held in collaboration with students and faculty at the University of the West Indies.
September 20, 2018
Robin Earnest and Patrick Nelson will be presenting at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Pittsburgh this coming March. 
September 20, 2018
University of Maryland MFA alumna Shara Lessley published a new book of poems, The Explosive Expert's Wife (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). She also co-edited a collection of essays titled, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2018).
September 18, 2018
David Biespiel's book, The Education of a Young Poet (Counterpoint Press, 2018), will be released on Tuesday, October 9th. David Biespiel is the former coordinator of the MFA program and a University of Maryland alumnus.
September 13, 2018
Recent PhD alumnus and Ohio State University-Mansfield Assistant Professor Jamie Kantor was recently published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). 
September 13, 2018
The National Book Foundation recognized ten authors for "Young People's Literature."  
September 11, 2018
Alumnus Stephen Rojcewicz presented “George Antrobus: Genius in a Name” at the Third International Thornton Wilder Conference, Peterborough, NH, June 12, 2018. 
September 11, 2018
Brian Richardson edited and introduced a special issue of the journal, Unnatural Narrative: Theory and Practices, in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, Spring 2018; he also published the articles: “‘Books Were Not in Their Line’: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse,” Virginia Woolf and the World of Books; “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Drama” in the Edinburgh Companion to Narrative Theory; and co-authored with Lars Bernaerts, “Fictional Minds: Coming to Terms with the Unnatural,” in Poetics Today 39.3 (2018). 
October 18, 2018
Lindsay Bernal will read from What It Doesn't Have to Do With on October 21 in DC and October 22 in Baltimore.
October 2, 2018
Join the University Libraries on Monday, October 15 for the Fall 2018 Open House. 
May 6, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading his Trumpoems on SUNDAY, May 6th, 6:00 PM at Bridge Street Books with DAVID GEWANTER in celebration of the publication of Gewanter's fourth book, FORT NECESSITY, just out from the University of Chicago Press.
April 23, 2018
Friday, 27 April, Francis Scott Key Hall Room 0106, 9 am. The reception will be in the Merrill Room (Key 2120)Please contact Gail Russell at gruss@umd.edu with any special parking requests or dietary considerations.
April 10, 2018
MFA Coordinator and recent winner of the National Poetry Series competition Lindsay Bernal and MFA Alumna Emily Flamm will read, along with Frank Montesonti and Jake Syersak. 
March 6, 2018
4:30 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1100 Cambridge Community CenterKate Starbird, assistant professor at University of Washington and expert on informatics, will share how alternative narratives of crisis information spread, creating confusion and clouding judgment.
March 6, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018 — 1:30–4:45 p.m., with reception following. Sponsored by the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity. Free and open to the public.
February 21, 2018
Carlos Gamerro will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 PM in St. Mary's Hall Multipurpose Room. [...]
February 20, 2018
Mock Turtle has a new home at MilkBoy ArtHouse! We are thrilled about this new partnership with a venue that not only provides a gorgeous space but also strives to foster the arts on campus and around College Park. Our first reading is this Saturday, and we would love to see you there. Details below: 
February 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, March 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Victoria E. Burke will deliver a talk entitled “Collecting, Compiling, and Creating: Engaging with the Bible in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.”
October 11, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
October 4, 2018
The article and video, "Create a ‘Personal Brand,’ and Other Tips Learned During a Day With a Recruiter," highlight Connolly's experience as a recruiter.
October 1, 2018
The $10,000 award will support Professor Collins's course, "Caribbean Literature: Literature and Ideas in the Caribbean," which will be held in collaboration with students and faculty at the University of the West Indies.
September 20, 2018
Robin Earnest and Patrick Nelson will be presenting at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Pittsburgh this coming March. 
September 20, 2018
University of Maryland MFA alumna Shara Lessley published a new book of poems, The Explosive Expert's Wife (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). She also co-edited a collection of essays titled, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2018).
September 18, 2018
David Biespiel's book, The Education of a Young Poet (Counterpoint Press, 2018), will be released on Tuesday, October 9th. David Biespiel is the former coordinator of the MFA program and a University of Maryland alumnus.
September 13, 2018
Recent PhD alumnus and Ohio State University-Mansfield Assistant Professor Jamie Kantor was recently published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). 
September 13, 2018
The National Book Foundation recognized ten authors for "Young People's Literature."  
September 11, 2018
Alumnus Stephen Rojcewicz presented “George Antrobus: Genius in a Name” at the Third International Thornton Wilder Conference, Peterborough, NH, June 12, 2018. 
September 11, 2018
Brian Richardson edited and introduced a special issue of the journal, Unnatural Narrative: Theory and Practices, in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, Spring 2018; he also published the articles: “‘Books Were Not in Their Line’: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse,” Virginia Woolf and the World of Books; “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Drama” in the Edinburgh Companion to Narrative Theory; and co-authored with Lars Bernaerts, “Fictional Minds: Coming to Terms with the Unnatural,” in Poetics Today 39.3 (2018).