Comparative Literature

comparative literature


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 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 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.
September 4, 2014
Writer/editor Frank Stewart and scholar/translator Katsunori Yamazato will read from the MANOA special feature "Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa" and participate in a moderated discussion with poet Brenda Shaughnessy. This event is free and open to the public. Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) Contact: (202) 707-5394
April 25, 2014
UMD has officially joined the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC) as a part of its broader integration with the Big Ten. Nearly every member institution offers a department or program in linguistics or speech-language pathology. We have invited a speaker from each CIC institution to speak to what extent can theoretical research inform experimental practice, and vice versa? In particular, we have invited speakers from two major focuses of CIC language science research: prosody and language acquisition. This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community.
April 4, 2014
The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. The prize carries an award of $500. Announcement of winner will be made by mid May. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Director of Comparative Literature, Sheila Jelen (
April 1, 2014
Thursday April 3, 4:00-5:30 PMMcKeldin Library, Room 6137Special Events Room  
January 31, 2014
When: February 27, 2014 What time: 3:30 pm Where: 2212B Benjamin Building


January 19, 2017
Harold Jerome Herman, who taught in the English Department for more than three decades, died on December 12, 2016, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, after a brief illness. He was 87 years old.
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
December 1, 2016
Sangeeta Ray participated in 2 conferences, the EI and the NWSA. Her review of three South Asian novels can be found here. She also got reelected to the Supervisory Board of the EI
November 30, 2016
David Wyatt's publication Hemingway, Style, and the Art of Emotion (2015) was recently reviewed by Scott Donaldson in The Hemingway Review. Donaldson praises David's book, proclaiming that it is, "the best book of criticism on Earnest Hemingway I have ever read."
November 29, 2016
Elizabeth Papazian and Caroline Eades served as editors of The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia published by Wallflower Press (2016), which features writing from several UMD faculty members.
November 29, 2016
This semester we hosted an Open House for University staff and displayed some of the interesting material found within our collection.
November 16, 2016
Bringing together words, phrases, poems, passages, and more...
November 16, 2016
Jamison Kantor, a lecturer in English, recently published a scholarly article in Nineteenth-Century Literature called "'Say What is Honor:' Wordsworth and the Value of Honor." His forthcoming review essay "In-House Imperialism" will appear this Winter in Nineteenth-Century Studies.
October 11, 2016
Please join us in congratulating the following UMD graduates and their advisors on their recent and impressive placements:
October 7, 2016
English 379W, "Victorian Poetry, Victorian Bodies," had a special drumming session today with Scott Tiemann, a percussion specialist from UMBC. They worked on different rhythmic patterns to help make better sense of Victorian meters. They also experimented with recitations -- in a range of rhythmic patterns -- of Tennyson's poem "Break, Break, Break."

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