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 2017-18 the Center begins the second year of its two-year theme, "Migrations."  

Fall 2017 events associated with this theme include the Petrou lecture and polyseminar given by Lisa Lowe, a conference November 10-11, 2017, organized by the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies, "Migrations: Body, Word, and Spirit", and an undergraduate research conference December 8, 2017, coordinated by Ralph Bauer.

Spring 2018 will feature a symposium in February 2018 conducted by the Eighteenth Century Reading Group and the Marshall Grossman Lecture Series, "The Intermedia Restoration," and a conference sponsored by the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, "Constellations of the Political: Media and Representation in the Neoliberal Age," April 2018.

Other events throughout the year include symposia, talks, colloquia, book launches, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including 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 "Migrations" in 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Tue Apr 24

Sat Apr 28

10:00 AM
Tawes Plaza, Art Gallery ASY

Tue May 1

Fri May 4

10:00 AM
10:00 AM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115
3:00 PM

Wed May 9

2:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Sun Jun 10

Fri Oct 12

9:00 AM
TBD Tawes Hall

Wed Oct 17

6:30 PM
Special Events Room, 6134 McKeldin Libraries

Wed Oct 31

9:00 AM
6134 McKeldin Library

Thu Nov 8

Fri Nov 9

News

April 18, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Joshua Weiner, who was recently elected chair of the Writing Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the premier residency in the U.S. for emerging artists and writers.
April 10, 2018
Joshua Weiner's chapbook, "Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems" is now available as a free pdf download and a virtual flipbook on the Dispatches website.
April 10, 2018
SAVE THE DATE & RESERVE TICKETS FOR TRACY K. SMITH on 4/19 at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress! Continue reading for details.
April 3, 2018
This distinction honors faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as exemplary contributions as teachers and leaders in their respective field.
March 15, 2018
The Department of English is delighted to announce Kim Coles has been selected for an Arcan Semester Research Award for fall 2018. This semester leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities aims to support faculty at the rank of associate professor, with preference given to those for whom the completion of a major project will lead to promotion to full professor.
March 13, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor Chad Infante will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland. 
February 22, 2018
John J. Long and Anne C. Long, Ph.D., give $100,000 to the Department to enhance students' education by recognizing, rewarding, and supporting faculty as they develop curricular and pedagogical best practices. 
February 20, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor GerShun Avilez will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
John Macintosh recently presented two papers, “Abstraction and/as Catachresis in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis” at Intersections of Finance and Society at City College London, and “Who Is Precarious Now?” at the Modern Language Association's 2018 convention.
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.”
January 17, 2018
On Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose, Maud Casey, Bill Beverly, and Amber Sparks will participate in a Tribute to Denis Johnson, celebrating the recent publication of Johnson's posthumous collection The Largesse of the Sea Maiden.
November 29, 2017
Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, as we celebrate the genius of Emily Dickinson with scholar and poet Sandra Gilbert. This third reading in the 2017/18 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
November 15, 2017
The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) invites you to an information session for individuals interested in supporting students who are incarcerated. GPEP offers Goucher College courses and college preparatory courses to students at two Maryland prisons. 
April 18, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Joshua Weiner, who was recently elected chair of the Writing Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the premier residency in the U.S. for emerging artists and writers.
April 10, 2018
Joshua Weiner's chapbook, "Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems" is now available as a free pdf download and a virtual flipbook on the Dispatches website.
April 10, 2018
SAVE THE DATE & RESERVE TICKETS FOR TRACY K. SMITH on 4/19 at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress! Continue reading for details.
April 3, 2018
This distinction honors faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as exemplary contributions as teachers and leaders in their respective field.
March 15, 2018
The Department of English is delighted to announce Kim Coles has been selected for an Arcan Semester Research Award for fall 2018. This semester leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities aims to support faculty at the rank of associate professor, with preference given to those for whom the completion of a major project will lead to promotion to full professor.
March 13, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor Chad Infante will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland. 
February 22, 2018
John J. Long and Anne C. Long, Ph.D., give $100,000 to the Department to enhance students' education by recognizing, rewarding, and supporting faculty as they develop curricular and pedagogical best practices. 
February 20, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor GerShun Avilez will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
John Macintosh recently presented two papers, “Abstraction and/as Catachresis in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis” at Intersections of Finance and Society at City College London, and “Who Is Precarious Now?” at the Modern Language Association's 2018 convention.