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.


August 23, 2016
Elle magazine recently recognized the English Department’s course Literature by Women of Color in its list of the 63 most compelling courses that examine the female experience.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
April 16, 2016
The Washington Area Romanticists Group is delighted to have as its spring 16 speaker Anne McCarthy (Penn State University). The title of Prof. McCarthy's talk is "How To Love What You Don’t Understand: Discontinuous Subjects in Godwin’s Memoirs and Wollstonecraft’s Short Residence." 
March 9, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently published three poetic translations: “The Mad Poet” (after the classical Latin of Horace’s Ars Poetica, lines 453-476); “Profession of Beliefs” (after the medieval Latin of the Archpoet’s Confesssio); and “Art” (after the French of Théophile Gautier’s “l’Art”). The translations appear in Delos: A Journal of Translations and World Literature, Volume 31: 2016, pp. 28-37.
March 9, 2016
Alexandra Calloway was named a 2016 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellows will meet monthly to learn about incorporating service-learning in classes. They will spend the first part of the year learning what service-learning is and how to apply those principles to our classes, as well as developing a syllabus for Fall 2016 that will incorporate a service-learning component in the class. Mark Fitzgerald was invited to the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, where he read from a selection of poems included in his new manuscript. His poem “Afterglow” will be published this summer in Slipstream. Elizabeth Fixsen’s band The Bumper Stickers appeared at the Second Chance Saloon in Columbia on March 5. Check their Facebook page for upcoming gigs! James Mattson’s personal essay “Guilt” was published in Catapult this month. Joan Mooney published a review of a book on environmental issues in China in Urban Land magazine: Jonathan Rick’s article “The 13 Worst Mistakes Everyone Makes When Writing a News Release” was published by PRNewser in February: In December, Caroline Wilkins facilitated a contemplative practice at “Exhale: Meditation, Movement, & Mindfulness.”  Billed as a one day “restorative retreat for the UDC community,” Exhale brought together faculty and staff from all departments for yoga, meditation, drawing, and dance.  Caroline’s session integrated meditation and writing with a focus on “the beautiful.”
March 7, 2016
Joshua Weiner was the IES Berlin Centre's research associate fellow in October, where he delivered the W.E.B. Du Bois lecture at Humboldt Universität. His Guggenheim Fellowship this year has been devoted to writing about the refugee crisis. His 'Berlin Notebook' about the crisis was posted daily at the Los Angeles Review of Books throughout February. It will be released as an ebook under the LARB imprint this spring. A stand-alone excerpt, about the Berliner Ensemble's production of Brecht's 'Mother Courage and Her Children,' can be found at Tikkun magazine. An essay about Anna Seghers' modern refugee novel, 'Transit,' can be found at B O D Y. His poem, 'Intimacy,' was part of an invitational exhibit in January, 'HEIMWEH'/'HOMESICKNESS,' curated by Anke Becker at the Tête Project Space, Berlin. Josh has new poems forthcoming in 'Ploughshares', and his translation of Ernst Jandl's serial poem, 'the usual rilke,' will be published this spring in 'Poetry' magazine's annual translation issue. 
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).

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