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 May 23

1:30 PM
7:30 PM
Old Greenbelt Theater (129 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770)

Thu Sep 12

3:30 PM

Wed Sep 18

7:00 PM

Thu Oct 10

8:30 AM

Wed Oct 23

7:00 PM

Wed Dec 4

3:30 PM
7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Feb 12

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Mar 11

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Apr 1

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

News

May 17, 2019
Allison Gibeily was accepted into the Folger Shakespeare Library's summer skills course "A Folger Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas."
May 17, 2019
Brian Richardson published two reviews: Werner Senn’s Conrad’s Narrative Voice in Conradiana; and Writing the Reader by Dorothee Birke in Poetics Today. An article of his, “Unnatural Narrative Theory,” was published in a Chinese translation in Foreign Language Education and Research 6.4.
May 17, 2019
Elizabeth Nonemaker (MFA, Fiction) had her short story “Blue Desert” accepted to Moon City Review. The piece will appear in the 2020 print issue.
May 17, 2019
Gerard's review of the edited volume, Whitman & Dickinson: A Colloquy (University of Iowa Press) will appear in the Spring 2019 issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. 
May 17, 2019
With Norrell Edwards and DeLisa Hawkes, Gerard Holmes planned and presented a daylong Humanities Beyond the Academy symposium February 28, with keynote speaker Gregory Laski of the US Air Force Academy and the Democratic Dialogue Project, faculty and staff of the Georgetown University Reinvent PhD project, and UMD faculty Merle Collins, Janelle Wong, and Jason Nichols. 
May 17, 2019
James Rankin has been offered a Humanities Ambassador Fellowship through Georgetown University.
May 17, 2019
Tom Earles and Leigh Ryan’s article, “The Writing Center as Workplace: Teaching, Learning, and Practicing Professionalism,” appears in the May/June issue of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 
May 17, 2019
Ross Angelella's flash fiction short story "Horse and his Fishermen" was recently published in Textshop Experiments. 
May 17, 2019
Sabrina Islam has received a Memorial Scholarship to attend the Philadelphia Writers' Conference this summer. She also has a short story "Nakshi Kathas" appearing in the Fall issue of Prairie Schooner.
May 17, 2019
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 PhD alumnus in Comparative Literature, published a “Review of Tacitus, by Victoria Emma Pagán," in Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature 34(1): 127-132, 2019.
February 8, 2019
Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will feature Kelly Cresap and others to honor Valentine's Day.
November 19, 2018
Free screening of "Wild Nights with Emily" at 5 pm, followed by "Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings" featuring Jen Bervin & Martha Nell Smith at 7:30 pm.
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. [...]
May 17, 2019
Allison Gibeily was accepted into the Folger Shakespeare Library's summer skills course "A Folger Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas."
May 17, 2019
Brian Richardson published two reviews: Werner Senn’s Conrad’s Narrative Voice in Conradiana; and Writing the Reader by Dorothee Birke in Poetics Today. An article of his, “Unnatural Narrative Theory,” was published in a Chinese translation in Foreign Language Education and Research 6.4.
May 17, 2019
Elizabeth Nonemaker (MFA, Fiction) had her short story “Blue Desert” accepted to Moon City Review. The piece will appear in the 2020 print issue.
May 17, 2019
Gerard's review of the edited volume, Whitman & Dickinson: A Colloquy (University of Iowa Press) will appear in the Spring 2019 issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. 
May 17, 2019
With Norrell Edwards and DeLisa Hawkes, Gerard Holmes planned and presented a daylong Humanities Beyond the Academy symposium February 28, with keynote speaker Gregory Laski of the US Air Force Academy and the Democratic Dialogue Project, faculty and staff of the Georgetown University Reinvent PhD project, and UMD faculty Merle Collins, Janelle Wong, and Jason Nichols. 
May 17, 2019
James Rankin has been offered a Humanities Ambassador Fellowship through Georgetown University.
May 17, 2019
Tom Earles and Leigh Ryan’s article, “The Writing Center as Workplace: Teaching, Learning, and Practicing Professionalism,” appears in the May/June issue of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 
May 17, 2019
Ross Angelella's flash fiction short story "Horse and his Fishermen" was recently published in Textshop Experiments. 
May 17, 2019
Sabrina Islam has received a Memorial Scholarship to attend the Philadelphia Writers' Conference this summer. She also has a short story "Nakshi Kathas" appearing in the Fall issue of Prairie Schooner.
May 17, 2019
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 PhD alumnus in Comparative Literature, published a “Review of Tacitus, by Victoria Emma Pagán," in Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature 34(1): 127-132, 2019.