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Graduate Studies at Maryland

The Department of English at the University of Maryland offers a PhD program in English Language and Literature, an MA Program with concentrations in literature as well as in Rhetoric and Writing, and an MFA program in poetry and fiction. We also offer a PhD in Comparative Literature. In addition, graduate students are able to earn certifications in Critical Theory and Women’s Studies. With a large and distinguished graduate faculty of over sixty members, the Department is able to provide its graduate students with an extraordinary depth and range of expertise as well as with highly individualized professional and pedagogical mentorship. Each area group, in collaboration with the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and the Graduate English Organization (GEO), contributes to the Department’s vibrant, diverse, and inclusive intellectual life. Particular strengths of the department include early British literature, especially Medieval and Renaissance; American literature; literature of the African diaspora; postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric. Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. In order to maintain its excellent record in professionalization and job placement, the department has a Placement Director and offers publication and dissertation writing workshops every academic year, in addition to a rich choice of graduate courses.

News

February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
January 6, 2016
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2016Conference will be held Friday, 22 April 2016
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.
December 16, 2015
Ph.D Student Danielle Griffin recently presented on October 30, 2015 at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Tempe, AZ. The title of Danielle's talk was "'The rendring of Conversation agreeable': Madeleine de Scudéry, Gender, and Genre."
December 10, 2015
MFA Student Leigh McDonald has two poems, "70° in December" and "J.R.S., 1962," appearing in Gargoyle Magzine in January.
December 2, 2015
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2016), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
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).
September 24, 2015
MFA graduate (Fiction '14) Dawn Dorland is currently the Visiting Artist at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in Minnesota, through Oct 31. As writer-in-residence she will give two public readings & workshops, visit the local high school, and give a craft talk at White Earth Tribal & Community College. Dawn, now based in Los Angeles, was awarded the residency to complete the first draft of her debut novel Econoline.
September 17, 2015
Katie Kaczmarek received an award for Best Oral Presentation at the Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference: Digital Future in Shanghai, China this June.  A doctoral student, Katie represented UMD along with Natalie Taylor from the iSchool and Gordon Rinderknecht from Sociology.  Her presentation "Storytelling as Knowledge Production in Educational Alternate Reality Games" is based on her work with the collaborative creation and research of the game DUST led by Kari Kraus and June Ahn at UMD and Derek Hansen at BYU. 
November 19, 2014
Click here to access the playlist for Jonathan Auerbach's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture.
November 19, 2014
On Nov. 24th, join PEN/Faulkner for In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora, featuring Okey Ndibe, Taiye Selasi, and Chinelo Okparanta. Tickets $15. 
November 5, 2014
On Monday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m., the Folger Shakespeare Library's O. B. Hardison Poetry Series hosts the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, featuring Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh for what's sure to be a great night of readings. Tickets are $15.
November 5, 2014
How to Write a Literature Review – November 13, 2014; 10 am-12 pm OR 1 pm-3 pm, Mathematics Building 1403A
October 23, 2014
The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival presents Gary Shteyngart in conversation with Alan Cheuse Tickets
October 2, 2014
School of Music Music Scholars Lecture Seriespresents Sean Williams The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington "Irish-Speaking Regions as a Locus of Musical Exile" Leah Smith Lecture Hall (room 2200, School of Music, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)
October 2, 2014
Jonathan AuerbachWeapons of Democracy: How Social Reformers Became Propagandists for World War IThursday, November 13, 4:00 pmUlrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
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
August 19, 2014
The first meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2014-2015 series will take place on Friday, September 12th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Woodrow Wilson Room (LJ-113), in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Ezra Greenspan will deliver a talk entitled “Biography, Print Culture, and the Archive: The Case of William Wells Brown.”
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
January 6, 2016
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2016Conference will be held Friday, 22 April 2016
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.
December 16, 2015
Ph.D Student Danielle Griffin recently presented on October 30, 2015 at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Tempe, AZ. The title of Danielle's talk was "'The rendring of Conversation agreeable': Madeleine de Scudéry, Gender, and Genre."
December 10, 2015
MFA Student Leigh McDonald has two poems, "70° in December" and "J.R.S., 1962," appearing in Gargoyle Magzine in January.
December 2, 2015
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2016), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
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).
September 24, 2015
MFA graduate (Fiction '14) Dawn Dorland is currently the Visiting Artist at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in Minnesota, through Oct 31. As writer-in-residence she will give two public readings & workshops, visit the local high school, and give a craft talk at White Earth Tribal & Community College. Dawn, now based in Los Angeles, was awarded the residency to complete the first draft of her debut novel Econoline.
September 17, 2015
Katie Kaczmarek received an award for Best Oral Presentation at the Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference: Digital Future in Shanghai, China this June.  A doctoral student, Katie represented UMD along with Natalie Taylor from the iSchool and Gordon Rinderknecht from Sociology.  Her presentation "Storytelling as Knowledge Production in Educational Alternate Reality Games" is based on her work with the collaborative creation and research of the game DUST led by Kari Kraus and June Ahn at UMD and Derek Hansen at BYU. 

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