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 2019-20 the Center continues with the second year of its two-year theme, "Resistance."  

Fall 2019 highlights include the ASAP 2019 Conference: Ecologies of the Present, which features three Petrou lectures to anchor the proceedings. The first Petrou speaker, Lauren Berlant, will present work on Thursday, October 10. The second, Chris Abani, will speak on Friday, October 11. To finish the conference and to offer the final Petrou lecture, Alex Rivera will discuss recent research on Saturday, October 12. CLCS joins BookLab and the University Libraries in hosting the American Printing History Association Meeting on October 25-27. Book launches for Mark Fitzgerald, Michael Collier, Ralph Bauer, and Jessica Enoch round out the special offerings for the fall semester.

Spring 2020 will feature a conference on April 17 to celebrate the career of Distinguished University Professor Neil Fraistat, Techno-Romanticism Now.

Other events throughout the year include symposia, talks, colloquia, book launches, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including, on February 25, 2020, a symposium Poetic Form: Refuge & Resistance, and the acclaimed Writers Here and Now series.  Local Americanists, Marshall Grossman Series, Eighteenth Century Reading Group, and Transatlantic Studies all have robust schedules planned, as do those organizing colloquia in Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, and Digital Studies.

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 2020 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Tue Apr 14

4:00 PM
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Sat Apr 25

10:00 AM

Fri May 1

Fri May 8

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Thu Jul 16

Fri Mar 26

9:00 AM
TBD Tawes Hall

News

March 24, 2020
Alysia Sawchyn presented her paper "In Defense of Navel-Gazing: Writing Trauma as a Political Act" at the AWP 2020 Conference in San Antonio, TX. 
March 24, 2020
Brian Richardson read the papers, “Haptic Conrad: The Poetics and Erotics of Touch in Conrad’s Later Work” at the MLA Convention in Seattle and “Unnatural Characters and the Trajectory of Narrative Theory” at the International Narrative Conference in New Orleans in March, where he was also a respondent on a panel on “we” narration. An interview in French, “La passion du non-naturel: Entretien avec Brian Richardson,” was published in Pratiques 181-182, 2019. His anthology, Unnatural Narratology: Revisions, Extensions, and Challenges, co-edited by Jan Alber, was published. It includes his essay, “Transcending Humanistic and Cognitive Models: Unnatural Characters in Fiction, Drama, and Popular Culture.” Futher information is avaialble here.
March 24, 2020
The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition announced its bestowal of the Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award to Jessica Enoch for her volume Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work.
March 24, 2020
Mark Forrester's haibun (a short prose piece incorporating haiku) "The Quiet Shadows" was published in The Red River Book of Haibun, Volume 1 (Red River Press, 2019).   
March 24, 2020
Matthew Kirschenbaum has published Books.Files: A Report on the Preservation of Digital Assets in the Contemporary Publishing Industry.
March 24, 2020
Maud Casey's story "The City Itself" appears in the most recent New England Review. This story is an excerpt from a larger collaboration with photographer Laura Larson (www.lauralarson.net) called The City of Incurable Women.
March 24, 2020
Mehdy presented papers at two conferences in February and March, 2020.
March 24, 2020
Nahid Ahmadian will present the paper "Iranian Post-Revolutionary Drama, the Dynamics of Text and Stage" at the 2020 annual ATHE (Association for Theater in Higher Education) Conference. Her presentation will be on the panel "Politics and Protest in Transhistorical Middle East Performance"  in Middle Eastern Theater, a focus group at ATHE. The event will happen in August 2020 in Detroit.
March 24, 2020
Peter Witte's letter was published in March as part of The Rumpus's "Letters for Kids" program, a subscription-based series that sends letters from authors to children, educators, classrooms, and libraries to help foster a love of reading and writing in children.
March 24, 2020
Sabrina Islam received a scholarship to attend Key West Literary Seminar's Writers' Workshop Program, January 13-17. The program was a literary week of writing and discovery. In the mornings, Sabrina took part in Fernanda Eberstadt's workshop. Her afternoons were busy exploring the island, stopping into local bookstores, and touring the homes of Elizabeth Bishop, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway.
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. [...]
March 24, 2020
Alysia Sawchyn presented her paper "In Defense of Navel-Gazing: Writing Trauma as a Political Act" at the AWP 2020 Conference in San Antonio, TX. 
March 24, 2020
Brian Richardson read the papers, “Haptic Conrad: The Poetics and Erotics of Touch in Conrad’s Later Work” at the MLA Convention in Seattle and “Unnatural Characters and the Trajectory of Narrative Theory” at the International Narrative Conference in New Orleans in March, where he was also a respondent on a panel on “we” narration. An interview in French, “La passion du non-naturel: Entretien avec Brian Richardson,” was published in Pratiques 181-182, 2019. His anthology, Unnatural Narratology: Revisions, Extensions, and Challenges, co-edited by Jan Alber, was published. It includes his essay, “Transcending Humanistic and Cognitive Models: Unnatural Characters in Fiction, Drama, and Popular Culture.” Futher information is avaialble here.
March 24, 2020
The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition announced its bestowal of the Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award to Jessica Enoch for her volume Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work.
March 24, 2020
Mark Forrester's haibun (a short prose piece incorporating haiku) "The Quiet Shadows" was published in The Red River Book of Haibun, Volume 1 (Red River Press, 2019).   
March 24, 2020
Matthew Kirschenbaum has published Books.Files: A Report on the Preservation of Digital Assets in the Contemporary Publishing Industry.
March 24, 2020
Maud Casey's story "The City Itself" appears in the most recent New England Review. This story is an excerpt from a larger collaboration with photographer Laura Larson (www.lauralarson.net) called The City of Incurable Women.
March 24, 2020
Mehdy presented papers at two conferences in February and March, 2020.
March 24, 2020
Nahid Ahmadian will present the paper "Iranian Post-Revolutionary Drama, the Dynamics of Text and Stage" at the 2020 annual ATHE (Association for Theater in Higher Education) Conference. Her presentation will be on the panel "Politics and Protest in Transhistorical Middle East Performance"  in Middle Eastern Theater, a focus group at ATHE. The event will happen in August 2020 in Detroit.
March 24, 2020
Peter Witte's letter was published in March as part of The Rumpus's "Letters for Kids" program, a subscription-based series that sends letters from authors to children, educators, classrooms, and libraries to help foster a love of reading and writing in children.
March 24, 2020
Sabrina Islam received a scholarship to attend Key West Literary Seminar's Writers' Workshop Program, January 13-17. The program was a literary week of writing and discovery. In the mornings, Sabrina took part in Fernanda Eberstadt's workshop. Her afternoons were busy exploring the island, stopping into local bookstores, and touring the homes of Elizabeth Bishop, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway.