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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

September 12, 2016
The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
September 8, 2016
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
September 2, 2016
MFA Student Leigh McDonald completed work on the first season of the Lean & Hungry Podcast, which breaks down classic literature and makes works entertaining and accessible.
September 2, 2016
 In June, second year PhD student Gerard Holmes presented a paper, "'...all from her own inspiration: Composition and Improvisation in Emily Dickinson's Work," at the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Triennial Conference in Paris, "The Angled Road Preferred Against the Mind: Experimental Dickinson."  While there, he also participated in the 2016 Dickinson Critical Institute. Keep reading to learn more!
August 31, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, is now on the editorial board of two scholarly journals:Delos: A Journal of Translations and World Literature; andThe Journal of Poetry Therapy.
August 30, 2016
Peter Witte's essay, "He and I (and Her Too)," was published in the fall 2016 issue of The Threepenny Review. 
August 25, 2016
FALL 2016 Syllabus and Office Hour Submissions: Attention ALL Faculty, Lecturers and TAs teaching 200 and above literature and/or CMLT courses. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your Syllabus for FALL 2016.
July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.
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.”
September 12, 2016
The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
September 8, 2016
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
September 2, 2016
MFA Student Leigh McDonald completed work on the first season of the Lean & Hungry Podcast, which breaks down classic literature and makes works entertaining and accessible.
September 2, 2016
 In June, second year PhD student Gerard Holmes presented a paper, "'...all from her own inspiration: Composition and Improvisation in Emily Dickinson's Work," at the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Triennial Conference in Paris, "The Angled Road Preferred Against the Mind: Experimental Dickinson."  While there, he also participated in the 2016 Dickinson Critical Institute. Keep reading to learn more!
August 31, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, is now on the editorial board of two scholarly journals:Delos: A Journal of Translations and World Literature; andThe Journal of Poetry Therapy.
August 30, 2016
Peter Witte's essay, "He and I (and Her Too)," was published in the fall 2016 issue of The Threepenny Review. 
August 25, 2016
FALL 2016 Syllabus and Office Hour Submissions: Attention ALL Faculty, Lecturers and TAs teaching 200 and above literature and/or CMLT courses. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your Syllabus for FALL 2016.
July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.

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