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

Mon Dec 2

4:30 PM

Thu Dec 5

Tue Dec 17

6:00 PM

Wed Dec 18

11:30 AM
Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice

Fri Jan 31

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Fri Feb 7

3:00 PM

Wed Feb 12

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Feb 14

3:00 PM

Fri Feb 21

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Tue Feb 25

Fri Feb 28

3:00 PM

Fri Mar 6

3:00 PM

Wed Mar 11

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Mar 25

3:30 PM

Fri Mar 27

Wed Apr 1

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Apr 3

3:00 PM

Fri Apr 10

5:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Sat Apr 25

10:00 AM

Fri May 1

3:00 PM

Fri May 8

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Thu Jul 16

Fri Mar 26

9:00 AM
TBD Tawes Hall

News

November 13, 2019
Daune O'Brien, Pamela Gerhardt, and Danuta Hinc, professional writing instructors, presented at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
November 6, 2019
On Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, Patricia Roberts-Miller will visit UMD's campus to partake in various discussions regarding her book Demagoguery and Democracy. Demagoguery and Democracy is this year's First Year Book.
October 24, 2019
Poster Project and Showcase: “What I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Disability” Campaign is a research-based project that centers disability within the larger context of diversity and inclusion through visual representation and targeted conversation. 
October 10, 2019
The English Department is delighted to announce that Emily Mitchell has been selected for an Arcan Semester Research Award (ASRA) for Spring 2020.  This semester leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities aims to support faculty at the rank of associate and full professor, with preference given to associate professors for whom the completion of a major project will lead to promotion to full professor.
September 13, 2019
April Fuller and Laurel Bassett's "Got Gout? Eighteenth-Century Global 'Remedies' in Mary Kettilby’s Receipt Book" has bee published by the Folger Library's The Collation. Read the article here.
September 13, 2019
Dr. David Carroll Simon has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His first book, Light without Heat: The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton (Cornell University Press, 2018), argues for the importance of careless inattention and open-ended receptivity to the literary and philosophical experiments of England's scientific revolution. He is now at work on a study of misogyny and comic experience in early modern literature and philosophy. Dr. Simon joined the University of Maryland faculty in Fall 2018.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Ralph Bauer has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Recent publications include "The Crucible of the Tropics: Alexander von Humboldt’s Hermeneutics of Discovery" in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 59.2 (Summer 2018), as well as an edited collection with Jaime Marroquin Arredondo), Translating Nature: a crosscultural history of early modern science (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). His latest book, The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World (UVA Press) will appear in print in October. He is the general editor of the Early Americas Digital Archive, and is currently serving as associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Bauer has been with the University of Maryland since 1998.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Scott Trudell has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His research focuses on early modern poetry, drama, music, and pageantry, as well as media studies, sound studies, performance studies, gender studies, and theories of the lyric. He is the author of Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2019); he has published in journals including Shakespeare Quarterly and Studies in Philology; and he is a co-principal investigator of Early Modern Songscapes, an interdisciplinary digital humanities project on the musical performance of English Renaissance poetry.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Tita Chico has been promoted to the rank of Professor. She published The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment with Stanford University Press in 2018, and her new book, Wonder in Literature and Science of the Long Eighteenth Century, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. This year she begins a three-year term as Member-at-Large elected to the Executive Board of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and will be a Research Fellow at New College, Oxford University during Trinity Term 2020.
September 13, 2019
Justin Thompson will be presenting work at the Ecology and Religion in the Nineteenth Century virtual conference, a collaboration between Georgetown Univeristy, Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Washington, and Lancaster University (UK). His paper is entitled, "Evangelic Erasures: Louisa Atkinson and Indigenous Bodies".
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. [...]
November 13, 2019
Daune O'Brien, Pamela Gerhardt, and Danuta Hinc, professional writing instructors, presented at the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
November 6, 2019
On Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, Patricia Roberts-Miller will visit UMD's campus to partake in various discussions regarding her book Demagoguery and Democracy. Demagoguery and Democracy is this year's First Year Book.
October 24, 2019
Poster Project and Showcase: “What I Wish My Teacher Knew About My Disability” Campaign is a research-based project that centers disability within the larger context of diversity and inclusion through visual representation and targeted conversation. 
October 10, 2019
The English Department is delighted to announce that Emily Mitchell has been selected for an Arcan Semester Research Award (ASRA) for Spring 2020.  This semester leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities aims to support faculty at the rank of associate and full professor, with preference given to associate professors for whom the completion of a major project will lead to promotion to full professor.
September 13, 2019
April Fuller and Laurel Bassett's "Got Gout? Eighteenth-Century Global 'Remedies' in Mary Kettilby’s Receipt Book" has bee published by the Folger Library's The Collation. Read the article here.
September 13, 2019
Dr. David Carroll Simon has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His first book, Light without Heat: The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton (Cornell University Press, 2018), argues for the importance of careless inattention and open-ended receptivity to the literary and philosophical experiments of England's scientific revolution. He is now at work on a study of misogyny and comic experience in early modern literature and philosophy. Dr. Simon joined the University of Maryland faculty in Fall 2018.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Ralph Bauer has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Recent publications include "The Crucible of the Tropics: Alexander von Humboldt’s Hermeneutics of Discovery" in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 59.2 (Summer 2018), as well as an edited collection with Jaime Marroquin Arredondo), Translating Nature: a crosscultural history of early modern science (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). His latest book, The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World (UVA Press) will appear in print in October. He is the general editor of the Early Americas Digital Archive, and is currently serving as associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Bauer has been with the University of Maryland since 1998.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Scott Trudell has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His research focuses on early modern poetry, drama, music, and pageantry, as well as media studies, sound studies, performance studies, gender studies, and theories of the lyric. He is the author of Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2019); he has published in journals including Shakespeare Quarterly and Studies in Philology; and he is a co-principal investigator of Early Modern Songscapes, an interdisciplinary digital humanities project on the musical performance of English Renaissance poetry.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Tita Chico has been promoted to the rank of Professor. She published The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment with Stanford University Press in 2018, and her new book, Wonder in Literature and Science of the Long Eighteenth Century, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. This year she begins a three-year term as Member-at-Large elected to the Executive Board of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and will be a Research Fellow at New College, Oxford University during Trinity Term 2020.
September 13, 2019
Justin Thompson will be presenting work at the Ecology and Religion in the Nineteenth Century virtual conference, a collaboration between Georgetown Univeristy, Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Washington, and Lancaster University (UK). His paper is entitled, "Evangelic Erasures: Louisa Atkinson and Indigenous Bodies".