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

November 18, 2014
Jeremy Metz (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) has contributed the entry on Haitian author and winner of the 2014 French Prix Fémina, Yanick Lahens, to the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited-in-chief by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2015.
November 18, 2014
Jeffrey Griswold's article entitled “Allegorical Consent: The Faerie Queene and the Politics of Erotic Subjection," will appear in the 2014 Spenser Studies.
November 18, 2014
Stephen Rojcewicz's paper, Latin Poetics in John Donne: “I Finde Myself Scattered,” has been accepted for the Annual Conference of the Classical Association of the United Kingdom, April 10-13, 2015, at the University of Bristol, U.K. Continue reading for Stephen's recent publications.
November 6, 2014
Bob Levine's essay "Melville and Americanness: A Problem," was just published in LEVIATHAN: A JOURNAL OF MELVILLE STUDIES. In October, Bob codirected a symposium at Texas A&M on “After Hemispheric American Studies: Transnationalism and Nineteenth-Century American Literature”; and gave the keynote lecture at a conference on Frederick Douglass and "The Heroic Slave" at the Frederick Douglass Papers in Indianapolis. In September, he gave a talk on Douglass, Lincoln, and Colonization at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.
November 4, 2014
MFA student Kelsey Kerr's poem "I dare you." will be published in the second issue of Slippery Elm.
November 4, 2014
Ted Kaouk (PhD 2014) was selected as one of four employees from the US Department of Agriculture to participate in the Excellence in Government Fellows Program for 2014-2015. During the year-long program, fellows remain in their full-time jobs, meeting as a cohort for several days every six weeks and as necessary with project teams to accomplish course objectives. The Excellence in Government program strengthens the leadership skills of federal leaders though a combination of coursework, best practice benchmarking, measurable results projects, executive coaching, and government-wide networking.
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.
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.”

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