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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

June 9, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently presented the following papers: “Latin Poetics and Jone Donne: ‘I Finde Myself Scattered.’ ” The Classical Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol, U.K., April 13, 2015. “Lacrimae Rerum: Wilder, Vergil and the Tears of the World.” Second International Thornton Wilder Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., June 12, 2015.
June 3, 2015
DeLisa Hawkes, a doctoral student in the Department, will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Teachers on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History.  Hawkes, under the guidance of leading scholars on Dunbar, will examine his influential role in American literature and Harlem Renaissance literature while considering the complexities of race and dialect during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
June 2, 2015
Recent graduate of the MFA Program, Aaron Brown is to be published in three journals. His poem “Lake Kivu Dream” will be published in Issue 118 of Transition. His poem “Picture of a Family” will be published in the July issue of Sojourners. His poem “Outside Ngaoundere” was published in the recent issue of Literary Bohemian.
April 10, 2015
Wakeman has been awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16 -- one of only ten across the campus. Congratulations, Rob!
April 3, 2015
Nabila Hijazi presented "Work-In-Progress" project, Cultural and Rhetorical Momentums Driving ESL Students’ Writing Choices, at 2015 Camp Rhetoric at Penn State in February 2015 and "Extending A Helping Hand: Achieving Effective Teaching Practices Through International Teaching Fellows (ITF) Mentoring Program," at 8th Annual Spring TESOL Graduate Student Mini-Conference at University of Maryland Baltimore County in March 2015.
April 1, 2015
Meg Eden's poems have recently been accepted for forthcoming issues of Poet Lore, Rattle and Gargoyle. She will also be leading online workshops this summer through the Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review.
March 31, 2015
Allison, a first-year Masters student in Rhetoric and Composition, will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association conference at James Madison University on April 11, 2015. The topic of her presentation is "Writing Center Mission Statements and Discourse."
March 31, 2015
Anna Bedford's essay “Survival in the Post-Apocalypse: Ecofeminism in MaddAddam” was published January 2015 in a collection on Margaret Atwood's science fiction, Margaret Atwood’s Apocalyptic Visions (Ed. Karma Waltonen). Anna also participated and was featured in the Department's Sci Fi Subjects and Objects Round Table. 
March 27, 2015
Peter Witte has a personal essay titled "Enigma" that will be published in the May issue of The Sun. He also recently published a comic titled "Two Birds" in Buffalo Almanack and has comics that will soon be published in Hobart (titled "Devolution of My Parenting Philosophy") and The Rumpus (titled "Bacon, Egg, & Oats").
March 25, 2015
Radford's poem "Tree House" was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Agave Magazine.
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.”
June 9, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently presented the following papers: “Latin Poetics and Jone Donne: ‘I Finde Myself Scattered.’ ” The Classical Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol, U.K., April 13, 2015. “Lacrimae Rerum: Wilder, Vergil and the Tears of the World.” Second International Thornton Wilder Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., June 12, 2015.
June 3, 2015
DeLisa Hawkes, a doctoral student in the Department, will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Teachers on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History.  Hawkes, under the guidance of leading scholars on Dunbar, will examine his influential role in American literature and Harlem Renaissance literature while considering the complexities of race and dialect during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
June 2, 2015
Recent graduate of the MFA Program, Aaron Brown is to be published in three journals. His poem “Lake Kivu Dream” will be published in Issue 118 of Transition. His poem “Picture of a Family” will be published in the July issue of Sojourners. His poem “Outside Ngaoundere” was published in the recent issue of Literary Bohemian.
April 10, 2015
Wakeman has been awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16 -- one of only ten across the campus. Congratulations, Rob!
April 3, 2015
Nabila Hijazi presented "Work-In-Progress" project, Cultural and Rhetorical Momentums Driving ESL Students’ Writing Choices, at 2015 Camp Rhetoric at Penn State in February 2015 and "Extending A Helping Hand: Achieving Effective Teaching Practices Through International Teaching Fellows (ITF) Mentoring Program," at 8th Annual Spring TESOL Graduate Student Mini-Conference at University of Maryland Baltimore County in March 2015.
April 1, 2015
Meg Eden's poems have recently been accepted for forthcoming issues of Poet Lore, Rattle and Gargoyle. She will also be leading online workshops this summer through the Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review.
March 31, 2015
Allison, a first-year Masters student in Rhetoric and Composition, will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association conference at James Madison University on April 11, 2015. The topic of her presentation is "Writing Center Mission Statements and Discourse."
March 31, 2015
Anna Bedford's essay “Survival in the Post-Apocalypse: Ecofeminism in MaddAddam” was published January 2015 in a collection on Margaret Atwood's science fiction, Margaret Atwood’s Apocalyptic Visions (Ed. Karma Waltonen). Anna also participated and was featured in the Department's Sci Fi Subjects and Objects Round Table. 
March 27, 2015
Peter Witte has a personal essay titled "Enigma" that will be published in the May issue of The Sun. He also recently published a comic titled "Two Birds" in Buffalo Almanack and has comics that will soon be published in Hobart (titled "Devolution of My Parenting Philosophy") and The Rumpus (titled "Bacon, Egg, & Oats").
March 25, 2015
Radford's poem "Tree House" was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Agave Magazine.

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