Graduate

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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

August 8, 2017
Professor Zita Nunes received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
July 26, 2017
Join us in congratulating Emily Myrick for receiving Fugue Journal's 2017 Prose Writing Award!
June 22, 2017
 Joshua Weiner read in a protest event this spring at the Queens Museum in Flushing that also launched the anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little, noted in a front page New York Times article about poetry and protest in the age of Trump.   
June 21, 2017
Bob Levine is leading a seminar on Melville's Israel Potter at the  late-June international Melville conference in London, and he's speaking on Douglass at the National Archives on July 3rd. His new book, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, is currently in production and will be published by Cambridge UP this fall.
June 21, 2017
Brian Richardson's review of Writing the Reader by Dorothee Birke appears in the current issue of Poetics Today.
June 21, 2017
On June 2, Gabriela Vlahovici-Jones gave the presentation "Embodied Ethos in Guillaume Rouille's Promptuaire des Medalles" at the International Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, hosted by University of Maryland.
June 21, 2017
PhD student Gerard Holmes recently presented his papers “’I am afraid to own / a Body -‘: Emily Dickinson’s Musical and Manuscript Variations,” Society for Textual Scholarship, “Textual Embodiments” College Park, MD, May 31 - June 2, 2017 and “Gossip, the Unspoken, and Emily Dickinson,” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego, April 12-15, 2017.
June 21, 2017
Jonathan Rick facilitated a series of workshops for AXA, in Jersey City and Syracuse, on digital transformation and innovation. 
June 21, 2017
Kellie Robertson gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization. gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization.
June 21, 2017
Lyra Hilliard presented “When you’re having fun time flys:” The Art and Craft of Integrating Multiple Learning Spaces, Multiple Web 2.0 Tools, and Multiple Modes of Writing in the Blended Composition Class" at this year's Computers and Writing conference at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.
March 28, 2017
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. David Norbrook will deliver a paper titled “I write not for the presse to boast my own weaknesses to the world”: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration Public Sphere’.
February 14, 2017
MITH and the AADHUM initiative warmly invite your participation in the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, to be held on campus, May 26 - June 2. The deadline for proposals is February 26.
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 2, 2016
It is that time of the year when we all have the opportunity to help out thousands of fellow citizens, animals and the environment in the state of Maryland who are going through tough times. 
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.
October 21, 2016
The Modernities Working Group will present a lecture and discussion by narrative theorist, literary critic, film scholar, and media studies icon Garrett Stewart (U of Iowa). The event will take place Monday, October 24th, from 12:30-2 pm, in Lannan Center (New North 408), at Georgetown University.  
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. 
August 8, 2017
Professor Zita Nunes received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
July 26, 2017
Join us in congratulating Emily Myrick for receiving Fugue Journal's 2017 Prose Writing Award!
June 22, 2017
 Joshua Weiner read in a protest event this spring at the Queens Museum in Flushing that also launched the anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little, noted in a front page New York Times article about poetry and protest in the age of Trump.   
June 21, 2017
Bob Levine is leading a seminar on Melville's Israel Potter at the  late-June international Melville conference in London, and he's speaking on Douglass at the National Archives on July 3rd. His new book, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, is currently in production and will be published by Cambridge UP this fall.
June 21, 2017
Brian Richardson's review of Writing the Reader by Dorothee Birke appears in the current issue of Poetics Today.
June 21, 2017
On June 2, Gabriela Vlahovici-Jones gave the presentation "Embodied Ethos in Guillaume Rouille's Promptuaire des Medalles" at the International Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, hosted by University of Maryland.
June 21, 2017
PhD student Gerard Holmes recently presented his papers “’I am afraid to own / a Body -‘: Emily Dickinson’s Musical and Manuscript Variations,” Society for Textual Scholarship, “Textual Embodiments” College Park, MD, May 31 - June 2, 2017 and “Gossip, the Unspoken, and Emily Dickinson,” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego, April 12-15, 2017.
June 21, 2017
Jonathan Rick facilitated a series of workshops for AXA, in Jersey City and Syracuse, on digital transformation and innovation. 
June 21, 2017
Kellie Robertson gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization. gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization.
June 21, 2017
Lyra Hilliard presented “When you’re having fun time flys:” The Art and Craft of Integrating Multiple Learning Spaces, Multiple Web 2.0 Tools, and Multiple Modes of Writing in the Blended Composition Class" at this year's Computers and Writing conference at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

Upcoming Events

Tue Aug 22

12:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115
4:30 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Wed Sep 6

9:30 AM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall
10:00 AM
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Fri Sep 8

3:00 PM
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Thu Sep 14

10:00 AM
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