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 2016-2017 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, “Migrations.”  Fall 2016 events associated with this theme include the college-wide initiative Democracy Then and Now, especially ARHU guest Claudia Rankine and English department talks by Ralph Bauer, Shirley Logan, Amy Wan, and Rhondda Thomas, as well as “Disciplinarity Before or As Interdisciplinarity?” the first of our Migrating Disciplines Roundtables.  Spring 2017 will feature the Center conference, “Forming Black Britain: Aesthetics, Itineraries, Diaspora,” March 9-10, 2017, with Petrou Lecturer Caryl Phillips and Keynote Speaker Hazel Carby. 

Other events throughout the year include symposiums, talks, colloquiums, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including on October 14-15, 2016, a visit from the Transatlantic Poetics Working Group and, on April 6-7, 2017, the conference "Women, Rhetoric, Writing."

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 2016-17 and 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Thu Mar 30

3:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Thu Apr 6

9:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 7

9:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall
1:30 PM
The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection

Tue Apr 11

2:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 14

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Wed Apr 19

4:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Thu Apr 20

Fri Apr 28

11:00 AM
The Michelle Smith Collaboratory, 4213 Art-Sociology Building

Sat Apr 29

10:00 AM

Tue May 2

2:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Thu May 4

3:30 PM

Fri May 5

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Sat May 6

Wed May 10

4:30 PM

News

March 16, 2017
Bill Peterson (emeritus) delivered a paper entitled "Only Connect" at a two-day symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Library, 17–18 March, in celebration of the Library's recent acquisition of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection of Victorian literature and art.
March 16, 2017
Bob Levine's recent publications include his coedited (with Cindy Weinstein) Norton Critical Edition of Melville's Pierre and an essay on Hawthorne and dueling in The Field of Honor (University of South Carolina Press). This semester he is giving talks on Frederick Douglass (who "is getting recognized more and more") at the University of Rochester, Texas A&M, Catholic University, and Smith College.
March 16, 2017
Ruth Osario's second peer-reviewed publication is out in Rhetoric Review, titled "Embodying Truth: Sylvia Rivera’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.”
March 16, 2017
PhD Candidate Susanna Compton's essay "Sentimentalism and Secularism in Herman Melville's Pierre" is forthcoming in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.
March 3, 2017
Students in Randy Ontiveros’ Literary Maryland course recently made the trip to the Riversdale House Museum in nearby Riverdale, MD.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Academy of American Poets for the best poem or group of poems by a University of Maryland student.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Department of English for the best short fiction entry by a University of Maryland student.
February 28, 2017
University of Maryland Senior Radhika Tyagi’s Patient, a monologue written for Douglas Kern's ENGL275: Writing to be Seen: Scriptwriting for Theatre, Film, and Television in the fall of 2016, has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming June 2017 issue of Bird's Thumb.
February 23, 2017
Sara Wilder, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, will be joining us this fall. 
February 7, 2017
The Associal of Writing and Writing Program's Annual Convention is being held in Washington, DC from February 8th through the 11th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members, graduate students, and alumni.
February 14, 2017
Learn more about UMD's sustainability programs. Terps leave small footprints!
February 14, 2017
MITH and the AADHUM initiative warmly invite your participation in the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, to be held on campus, May 26 - June 2. The deadline for proposals is February 26.
November 22, 2016
Jhumpa Lahiri will  visit The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall Auditorium.
November 22, 2016
That time of the year is here! Share-A-Bear (Or Any New Stuffed Animal)!
November 18, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM, EDT. Qualifications only (not proposals).
November 18, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, November 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Drs. Holly Peppe and Tim Jackson will  discuss their recent edited collection: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition.”
November 2, 2016
It is that time of the year when we all have the opportunity to help out thousands of fellow citizens, animals and the environment in the state of Maryland who are going through tough times. 
November 1, 2016
The Opening Reception for The Stamp Gallery's latest exhibiton Black Maths is Free and Open to the Public and will take place Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
October 27, 2016
The Tournées Film Festival will run from October 27 to December 8 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Films will be shown every Thursday (with the exception of 11/24), followed by a guest lecture from a UMD Professor. For more information click here.
October 21, 2016
The Modernities Working Group will present a lecture and discussion by narrative theorist, literary critic, film scholar, and media studies icon Garrett Stewart (U of Iowa). The event will take place Monday, October 24th, from 12:30-2 pm, in Lannan Center (New North 408), at Georgetown University.  
March 16, 2017
Bill Peterson (emeritus) delivered a paper entitled "Only Connect" at a two-day symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Library, 17–18 March, in celebration of the Library's recent acquisition of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection of Victorian literature and art.
March 16, 2017
Bob Levine's recent publications include his coedited (with Cindy Weinstein) Norton Critical Edition of Melville's Pierre and an essay on Hawthorne and dueling in The Field of Honor (University of South Carolina Press). This semester he is giving talks on Frederick Douglass (who "is getting recognized more and more") at the University of Rochester, Texas A&M, Catholic University, and Smith College.
March 16, 2017
Ruth Osario's second peer-reviewed publication is out in Rhetoric Review, titled "Embodying Truth: Sylvia Rivera’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.”
March 16, 2017
PhD Candidate Susanna Compton's essay "Sentimentalism and Secularism in Herman Melville's Pierre" is forthcoming in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.
March 3, 2017
Students in Randy Ontiveros’ Literary Maryland course recently made the trip to the Riversdale House Museum in nearby Riverdale, MD.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Academy of American Poets for the best poem or group of poems by a University of Maryland student.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Department of English for the best short fiction entry by a University of Maryland student.
February 28, 2017
University of Maryland Senior Radhika Tyagi’s Patient, a monologue written for Douglas Kern's ENGL275: Writing to be Seen: Scriptwriting for Theatre, Film, and Television in the fall of 2016, has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming June 2017 issue of Bird's Thumb.
February 23, 2017
Sara Wilder, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, will be joining us this fall. 
February 7, 2017
The Associal of Writing and Writing Program's Annual Convention is being held in Washington, DC from February 8th through the 11th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members, graduate students, and alumni.