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 and Announcements

October 15, 2014
Gillian Knoll's article, How To Make Love to the Moon: Intimacy and Erotic Distance in John Lyly’s Endymion, was published in Shakespeare Quarterly, Volume 65, Number 2, Summer 2014. Continue on for a link!
October 14, 2014
Kyle Garton-Gundling's (PhD 2013) article, "‘Ancestors We Didn’t Even Know We Had’: Alice Walker, Asian Religions, and Ethnic Authenticity,” will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
October 3, 2014
Amanda Kocis's article "Storm Warnings: The Eternally Recurring Apocalypse in Kate Chopin's The Awakening" will appear in this fall issue of The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 47, issue 1 (Fall 2014).
September 4, 2014
Natasha Sajé (Ph.D. 1995) has two books out this year, Vivarium (book of poems from Tupelo Press) and Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (essays from U of Michigan Press). She continues to teach both at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a low residency MFA program.
September 2, 2014
Tamar LeRoy presented at The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting in March of 2014 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her paper is titled "'Le Sauvage Anglois, or the English Savage': Sensibility, Masculinity, and Creolization in John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Year's Expedition."
August 29, 2014
Aaron Brown's poems “Batha River” and “After Two Years Traveling Abroad, Woman Found Hanging from a Tree” were published in Tupelo Quarterly. His poem "Memory Place" was published in jmww and his poem "Intercession" was published in Humane Pursuits.
August 29, 2014
This past spring, Jonathan had an article titled "Happy Violence: Bentley, Lucretius, and the Prehistory of Freethinking" published in the journal Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 (Issue 38.1, Spring 2014).
August 14, 2014
Amanda Visconti received the Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowship from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), an opportunity that supports advanced graduate students whose dissertation includes innovative research agendas involving any substantive intersection between new media or new technology and the humanities. Her work involves designing, coding, and user-testing a participatory digital edition of James Joyce's Ulysses; you can follow her progress at Amanda will be in residence at MITH for the 2014-2015 academic year and presenting a Digital Dialogue talk on her work in Spring 2015.
August 13, 2014
Meg Pearson is the new chair of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia.
July 23, 2014
Alumna Michelle Lynn Brown (PhD 2008) received tenure and promotion at Shenandoah University in April of 2012. As of May 2012, she is the Chair of the Department of English at Shenandoah University. Dr. Sangeeta Ray directed Brown's dissertation.
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 3, 2014
Call for Proposals: Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Lord of the Rings (The Mithril Turtle) 2014 is the sixtieth anniversary of Lord of the Rings.
April 17, 2014
The Life of a Poet: Edward Hirsch Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PMLocation: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) 
April 11, 2014
On April 23, the feast of Shakespeare and St. George, Michael Olmert will be speaking at Tudor Place, a 1805-09 house and grounds in Georgetown, D.C. The talk is mainly to celebrate the restoration of their original smokehouse. He'll be talking about the role of the smokehouse in a society dependent on slavery and servitude, as well as the architectural and cultural forebears of this small-building type.
April 11, 2014
This is the second of three history lectures on the beverages, libations and social culture of 18th century life. In this talk, join us as Mike Olmert speaks on colonial coffee house culture!
April 9, 2014
On Friday, April 18, from 9:15 am - 5 pm, the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will host an all-day seminar and practicum, "Paleography & the Archives." Professors Sabrina Baron, Holly Brewer, Alejandro Cañeque (all from the History Department), and Professor Ralph Bauer (from English) will present panels on Spanish and British Atlantic World topics and then guide participants through hands-on paleography practice.

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