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

Thu Jan 25

5:30 PM
10427 North Street, Fairfax, VA

Fri Jan 26

3:00 PM

Fri Feb 2

3:00 PM

Wed Feb 7

7:00 PM

Fri Feb 9

Tue Feb 13

12:30 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Fri Feb 16

9:00 AM
3:00 PM

Tue Feb 20

Fri Feb 23

Fri Mar 2

3:00 PM

Fri Mar 9

Wed Mar 14

Fri Mar 30

3:00 PM

Tue Apr 3

Wed Apr 4

1:00 PM

Fri Apr 6

Sat Apr 7

Fri Apr 13

3:00 PM

Wed Apr 18

Fri Apr 27

3:00 PM

Sat Apr 28

10:00 AM
Tawes Plaza, Art Gallery ASY

Fri May 4

10:00 AM
3:00 PM

Wed May 9

2:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Thu Nov 8

Fri Nov 9

News

January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here. 
January 11, 2018
Students studying abroad with Jason Rudy in Australia for the Winter semster were featured on the news of the Australian NBC network. 
January 9, 2018
Congratuations to alumna Joelle Biele on her latest publication Tramp: Poems, forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. 
January 9, 2018
UMD Libraries are now accepting submissions for the Library Award for Undergraduate Research.  As you are working on your research papers now, please consider submitting your final outstanding paper for one of the three $1,000 awards UMD Libraries offer to you this year.
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
December 7, 2017
Professor Howard Norman's latest novel My Darling Detective was included on NPR's 2017 "Best Books" list. The book wasrecommended by Robert Siegal, host of All Things Considered. 
November 30, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce its nominees for AWP's IntroJournals Project, an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country. 
November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
November 28, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Josh Weiner, Professor Gabrielle Fuentes, and Professor Randy Ontiveros for receicing Creative and Performing Arts and Research and Scholarship Awards from the Graduate School for 2018-19. Continue reading to learn more about their projects. 
November 8, 2017
Praise for her second poetry volume -Crumb Sized- in the -Chicago Review of Books.-
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. 
November 6, 2017
Jimenez Hall, Room 2123 2:00PM - 3:13PM The French Department's guest Fall lecturer, Pamela A. Pears, will be giving a talk on "The Recto-Verso Effect”: Covering Assia Djebar and Malika Mokeddem in Contemporary France".  Pears is Professor of French at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She has published on francophone Maghrebian and Vietnamese writers and filmmakers, including Abedllatif Kechiche, Kateb Yacine, Ly Thu Ho, Yamina Mechakra, Nina Bouraoui, and Assia Djebar. Her most recent book is Front Cover: Iconography and Algerian Women’s Writing: Heuristic Implications of the Recto-Verso Effect (Lexington Books, 2015).
November 1, 2017
(SUB)URBAN Curated by Matthew McLaughlin Featuring work by Amze Emmons, Yoonmi Nam, Benjamin Rogers, Nick Satinover, Christine Buckton Tillman, and Sang-Mi Yoo. October 30–December 16, 2017     Opening Reception Wednesday, November 1, 5–7 pm, Free and Open to the Public  This fall, the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents (Sub)Urban, an exhibition presenting works by six contemporary artists who question the reality of suburban and urban contexts through humor, satire, and irony. Through a combination of print, painting, installation, and sculpture, (Sub)Urban explores our contemporary surroundings and the underlying psychology of our modern living environments. These artists work in varying media, but their underlying interests coalesce around our diverse experiences of space, identity, consumption, and labor as immigrants, transplants, and minorities living in the contemporary built environment of late capitalism. They examine items from our houses and our streets, presenting them in new ways and bringing new associations to them, and in the process they uncover unexpected narratives that shape the ways we dwell within the rush of modern life. The exhibition is curated by Matthew McLaughlin.(Sub)Urban is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 30 through December 16, 2017. An opening reception will take place on November 1, 5–7pm, in the Stamp Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
October 23, 2017
 For 49 seasons, the O.B. Hardison Poetry series has brought some of the best writers and speakers to the Folger stage. From traditional poetry readings to multimedia presentations to eclectic combinations of lecture, conversation, and performance, we are committed to expanding the contexts in which poetry is experienced.Learn more about the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.
September 19, 2017
We invite proposals for scholarly papers and panels at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersection of both.
June 29, 2017
Tracy K. Smith, who read at Maryland as part of the Writers Here & Now Series, was recently named the new US Poet Laureate.
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.
January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here. 
January 11, 2018
Students studying abroad with Jason Rudy in Australia for the Winter semster were featured on the news of the Australian NBC network. 
January 9, 2018
Congratuations to alumna Joelle Biele on her latest publication Tramp: Poems, forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. 
January 9, 2018
UMD Libraries are now accepting submissions for the Library Award for Undergraduate Research.  As you are working on your research papers now, please consider submitting your final outstanding paper for one of the three $1,000 awards UMD Libraries offer to you this year.
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
December 7, 2017
Professor Howard Norman's latest novel My Darling Detective was included on NPR's 2017 "Best Books" list. The book wasrecommended by Robert Siegal, host of All Things Considered. 
November 30, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce its nominees for AWP's IntroJournals Project, an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country. 
November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
November 28, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Josh Weiner, Professor Gabrielle Fuentes, and Professor Randy Ontiveros for receicing Creative and Performing Arts and Research and Scholarship Awards from the Graduate School for 2018-19. Continue reading to learn more about their projects. 
November 8, 2017
Praise for her second poetry volume -Crumb Sized- in the -Chicago Review of Books.-