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

Wed Aug 5

Thu Aug 20

6:30 PM

Fri Sep 4

3:00 PM

Fri Sep 11

3:00 PM

Fri Sep 25

3:00 PM

Fri Oct 2

3:00 PM

Fri Oct 9

3:00 PM

Fri Oct 30

3:00 PM

Fri Nov 6

3:00 PM

Fri Dec 4

3:00 PM
3:00 PM

Fri Mar 26

9:00 AM
TBD Tawes Hall

News

June 15, 2020
Dhruva Someshwar, a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been chosen as a 2020-21 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar. Mark Forrester was listed as the faculty mentor who had the greatest impact on Dhruva’s academic achievement.
June 6, 2020
In a recent interview with PEN America, Mark Doty, author of What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), expressed his admiration for the Emily Dickinson scholarship of Martha Nell Smith. Doty praised the "marvelous recent film Wild Nights with Emily, based in part on the brilliant work of my friend Martha Nell Smith, a crucial Dickinson scholar." Read the full interview here.
June 5, 2020
This Spring, lecturer Alexandra Calloway successfully adapted an innovative classroom project for her Technical Writing class funded by a grant from the Writing Program in order to meet the demands of new circumstances imposed by the COVID pandemic. 
June 5, 2020
Alysia's Sawchyn debut essay collection, A Fish Growing Lungs, will be published by Burrow Press on June 9. More information about the book is available here.
June 5, 2020
As Editor-in-Chief of Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip Hop Culture, Dennis L. Winston oversaw the publication of two issues of the journal this year: "Spaces and Places" (v7, i1): https://wblinc.org/publications/2016/3/23/blog-post-sample-4lehf-y8m9a and the special issue, "Street Lit" (v7, i2): https://wblinc.org/publications/2016/3/23/blog-post-sample-4lehf
June 5, 2020
Jess Enoch edited a "Cluster Conversation" in the journal Peitho that is dedicated to the centennial memorializations dedicated to the passing of the 19th Amendment--women's right to vote. The title of the conversation is "The Suffrage Centennial: How, Why, and on What Terms Should We Mark this Moment?" UMD PhD student Katie Bramlett contributed an essay to the conversation "Stories of Filipinia Suffrage: Remembering Marginal Histories in Colonial Contexts." https://cfshrc.org/peitho-journal/
June 5, 2020
This spring, Liam Thomas Daley presented material at seminars hosted by the Shakespeare Association of American and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
June 5, 2020
In May of this year, Liam Thomas Daley helped to co-organize a series of online readings of Renaissance history plays for Brave Spirits Theatre Company, directing one of the plays and providing the dramaturgy for two more.
June 5, 2020
Mal Haselberger recently published a short article, "The Feminist Possibilities of Print: Jane Grabhorn's Jumbo Press" on the Alphabettes blog, a "showcase for work, commentary, and research on lettering, typography, and type design." The work was originally presented at the American Printing History Association Conference in 2019 which was hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park.
June 5, 2020
In May, Tita Chico participated in the Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture Research Seminar at New College, Oxford University, originally planned to be hosted in Oxford, then later moved online. Dr. Chico was also scheduled to be a Senior Research Fellow at New College during their Trinity Term, 2020.
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. [...]
June 15, 2020
Dhruva Someshwar, a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been chosen as a 2020-21 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar. Mark Forrester was listed as the faculty mentor who had the greatest impact on Dhruva’s academic achievement.
June 6, 2020
In a recent interview with PEN America, Mark Doty, author of What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), expressed his admiration for the Emily Dickinson scholarship of Martha Nell Smith. Doty praised the "marvelous recent film Wild Nights with Emily, based in part on the brilliant work of my friend Martha Nell Smith, a crucial Dickinson scholar." Read the full interview here.
June 5, 2020
This Spring, lecturer Alexandra Calloway successfully adapted an innovative classroom project for her Technical Writing class funded by a grant from the Writing Program in order to meet the demands of new circumstances imposed by the COVID pandemic. 
June 5, 2020
Alysia's Sawchyn debut essay collection, A Fish Growing Lungs, will be published by Burrow Press on June 9. More information about the book is available here.
June 5, 2020
As Editor-in-Chief of Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip Hop Culture, Dennis L. Winston oversaw the publication of two issues of the journal this year: "Spaces and Places" (v7, i1): https://wblinc.org/publications/2016/3/23/blog-post-sample-4lehf-y8m9a and the special issue, "Street Lit" (v7, i2): https://wblinc.org/publications/2016/3/23/blog-post-sample-4lehf
June 5, 2020
Jess Enoch edited a "Cluster Conversation" in the journal Peitho that is dedicated to the centennial memorializations dedicated to the passing of the 19th Amendment--women's right to vote. The title of the conversation is "The Suffrage Centennial: How, Why, and on What Terms Should We Mark this Moment?" UMD PhD student Katie Bramlett contributed an essay to the conversation "Stories of Filipinia Suffrage: Remembering Marginal Histories in Colonial Contexts." https://cfshrc.org/peitho-journal/
June 5, 2020
This spring, Liam Thomas Daley presented material at seminars hosted by the Shakespeare Association of American and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
June 5, 2020
In May of this year, Liam Thomas Daley helped to co-organize a series of online readings of Renaissance history plays for Brave Spirits Theatre Company, directing one of the plays and providing the dramaturgy for two more.
June 5, 2020
Mal Haselberger recently published a short article, "The Feminist Possibilities of Print: Jane Grabhorn's Jumbo Press" on the Alphabettes blog, a "showcase for work, commentary, and research on lettering, typography, and type design." The work was originally presented at the American Printing History Association Conference in 2019 which was hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park.
June 5, 2020
In May, Tita Chico participated in the Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture Research Seminar at New College, Oxford University, originally planned to be hosted in Oxford, then later moved online. Dr. Chico was also scheduled to be a Senior Research Fellow at New College during their Trinity Term, 2020.