Comparative Literature

comparative literature


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 23, 2014
Saturday, February 1st 7pm - 11pm
November 25, 2013
Check out the Fall 2013 edition of Bywords here:
August 19, 2013
Join the Kluge Center and the Geography & Map Division on Thursday, September 5, from 12-1 pm at the Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, for this conversation.
September 1, 2011
On Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, join the Classics Faculty Seminar as Judith Hallett presents a paper, "Autobiography in Fiction, Gender and Failure in Ancient Roman Love Elegiac Poetry." Jane Donawerth will give a response. Tawes 2115.


January 20, 2016
The Three Volume Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies coedited by Sangeeta Ray Henry Schwarz just came out from Wiley-Blackwell.
December 16, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, presented a paper, “Our Tears: Lacrimae Rerum and Thornton Wilder,” at the Fall 2015 Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Wilmington, DE, October 10, 2015.
October 21, 2015
At the International Writing Centers Association conference in Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 8-11), Writing Center Assistant Director Nabila Hijazi presented on a panel “Consultant Training and Supporting New Graduate Writers: New Challenges.”  Director Leigh Ryan presented with two former tutors, Lena Stypeck, who teaches English at Baltimore’s Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, and Abby Shantzis, now a graduate student in Higher Administration at UMD’s College of Education. They presented a panel entitled “Can Everyone Say Community?: Teachers/Students/Administrators/Mentors Collaborate to Establish an Inner-City Baltimore High School Writing Center.”
October 21, 2015
Professor Emerita Regina Harrison was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for History or Theology for her book, Sin & Confession in Colonial Peru: Spanish-Quechua Penitential Texts, 1560-1650 (University of Texas Press, 2014).
May 12, 2015
The Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce the winner of the fourth annual CMLT Essay Contest. Niloo Sarabi, whose work focuses on gender in Iranian literature, wrote the winning essay: "Contemporary Iranian Cinema at the Intersection of Arts and Politics: Granaz Moussavi's Aesthetic and Political Vision in My Tehran for Sale," under the guidance of Dr. Oliver Gaycken.
February 18, 2015
Residential fellowships are invaluable to the research and writing of the Department's faculty members. New locations provide new materials to read, new landscapes to write about, and new scholars to meet. Members of our faculty have held many residential fellowships, some of which are highlighted here.
November 18, 2014
Jeremy Metz (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) has contributed the entry on Haitian author and winner of the 2014 French Prix Fémina, Yanick Lahens, to the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited-in-chief by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2015.
November 18, 2014
Stephen Rojcewicz's paper, Latin Poetics in John Donne: “I Finde Myself Scattered,” has been accepted for the Annual Conference of the Classical Association of the United Kingdom, April 10-13, 2015, at the University of Bristol, U.K. Continue reading for Stephen's recent publications.
October 14, 2014
Kyle Garton-Gundling's (PhD 2013) article, "‘Ancestors We Didn’t Even Know We Had’: Alice Walker, Asian Religions, and Ethnic Authenticity,” will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
May 20, 2014
The Comparative Literature program is pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Comparative Literature Essay Contest. Stephen Rojcewicz, a first year graduate student in the Program in Comparative Literature, wrote the winning paper, “’I Finde Myself Scattered’: The Body as a Book in John Donne” under the guidance of Professor Jerry Passannante in ENGL 719 B (Spring 2013).