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

Tue Mar 26

6:00 PM
1134 Tawes Hall

Wed Apr 10

12:00 PM
4:00 PM
Orem Hall, Riggs Alumni Center
7:00 PM

Thu Apr 25

Fri Apr 26

Tue Apr 30

Fri May 3

10:00 AM
Tawes Hall

Thu Sep 12

3:30 PM

Thu Oct 10

8:30 AM

Wed Dec 4

3:30 PM

News

March 14, 2019
Crystal Parikh's book entitled Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color has won the 2019 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Humanities and Cultural Studies: Literature.
March 14, 2019
Maud Casey has been selected to be the AY19-20 Long Teaching Fellow. Each academic year, one tenure-track faculty member seeking to enhance the classroom experience serves as the Department of English’s Long Teaching Fellow.
March 14, 2019
During spring break, many current and former (and an incoming) members of the English Department will be participating at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Denver, CO. 
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.
March 8, 2019
Joshua Weiner's translations of Silesius, Goethe, and Ernst Janl were published last month in Great River Review, the literary journal revived by Peter Campion at University of Minnesota.  Three new poems appear in the current issue of Manchester Review (UK).
March 8, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily, the feature film based on Martha Nell Smith’s work, opens April 12th at the Landmark 57 and the Quad in New York and The Landmark in LA, and then in 50 cities after that. 
March 6, 2019
Barry Lee Pearson was an interview subject and contributor to "American Icons: 'Cross Road Blues.'" 
March 6, 2019
DeLisa D. Hawkes is the winner of the 2019 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship. 
March 6, 2019
Kent Cartwright had three essays on Shakespeare published or about to be published in 2019, including a self-interview on Hamlet; an essay on secularism and wonder in All’s Well That Ends Well; and a much enlarged version, for book publication, of his review of the 2016 production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Ghetto.  He continues to make progress on his monograph, “Shakespeare and the Comedy of Re-Enchantment.”  
March 6, 2019
Virginia Beauchamp, Professor Emerita and dear friend to many passed away on February 10, 2019. Professor Beauchamp enjoyed a long career in our department and was instrumental in starting Women's Studies at UMD.  
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 14, 2019
Crystal Parikh's book entitled Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color has won the 2019 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Humanities and Cultural Studies: Literature.
March 14, 2019
Maud Casey has been selected to be the AY19-20 Long Teaching Fellow. Each academic year, one tenure-track faculty member seeking to enhance the classroom experience serves as the Department of English’s Long Teaching Fellow.
March 14, 2019
During spring break, many current and former (and an incoming) members of the English Department will be participating at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Denver, CO. 
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.
March 8, 2019
Joshua Weiner's translations of Silesius, Goethe, and Ernst Janl were published last month in Great River Review, the literary journal revived by Peter Campion at University of Minnesota.  Three new poems appear in the current issue of Manchester Review (UK).
March 8, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily, the feature film based on Martha Nell Smith’s work, opens April 12th at the Landmark 57 and the Quad in New York and The Landmark in LA, and then in 50 cities after that. 
March 6, 2019
Barry Lee Pearson was an interview subject and contributor to "American Icons: 'Cross Road Blues.'" 
March 6, 2019
DeLisa D. Hawkes is the winner of the 2019 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship. 
March 6, 2019
Kent Cartwright had three essays on Shakespeare published or about to be published in 2019, including a self-interview on Hamlet; an essay on secularism and wonder in All’s Well That Ends Well; and a much enlarged version, for book publication, of his review of the 2016 production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Ghetto.  He continues to make progress on his monograph, “Shakespeare and the Comedy of Re-Enchantment.”  
March 6, 2019
Virginia Beauchamp, Professor Emerita and dear friend to many passed away on February 10, 2019. Professor Beauchamp enjoyed a long career in our department and was instrumental in starting Women's Studies at UMD.