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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

May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 11, 2017
Congratulations to our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Continue reading to learn about their plans for their post-Maryland careers!
May 9, 2017
Christopher Suarez, MA student in the English Department, presented his paper "Race and Critical Practice: Robert Penn Warren’s Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse & Voices” at the Robert Penn Warren Circle April 20-23 at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
April 25, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.
April 13, 2017
Barry Pearson compiled the 27th title from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic Piedmont Blues, offering an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style.
April 13, 2017
Martha Nell Smith will deliver “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Challenges Post-2016” at the University of Miami Humanities Center, April 20, 2017.
April 12, 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, Tom Earles, Clara Montague, Julia Maier, Jessica Morris, Charlotte Racioppo, and Leigh Ryan all presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA.
April 12, 2017
Holly Smith (hsmith11@umd.edu) announces that the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books will host a millennial-friendly literary salon on April 19th in Georgetown. If you have any aspiring-author students who might like to attend (or if you'd like to attend whether or not you're a millennial yourself), please let her know!
April 12, 2017
Brian Richardson’s 2015 book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was re-issued in paperback.He published an article on “Unnatural Narrative Theory” and responded to several commentators on the subject in the latest issue of Style. He also published “The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, eds. Brian Schiff and A. Elizabeth McKim (Oxford UP).He spoke on “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Film” at the International Narrative Conference in Lexington KY in March and is giving an invited lecture on “Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Drama” at the University of Freiburg in May.He gave a block seminar for graduate students and faculty on Narrative Dynamics at the University of Lisbon in early March.This semester he is a Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
April 12, 2017
MFA Candidate Chris Philpot has two poems ("Occupations of Uninhabited Space" and "I Am Full of Dread") in the most recent issue of Forklift, Ohio, and his poem "Category: Deserts of Utah" is forthcoming in the next issue of Whiskey Island. He also recently published an article ("Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) in the recent anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, published by Lexington Books.
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. 
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 11, 2017
Congratulations to our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Continue reading to learn about their plans for their post-Maryland careers!
May 9, 2017
Christopher Suarez, MA student in the English Department, presented his paper "Race and Critical Practice: Robert Penn Warren’s Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse & Voices” at the Robert Penn Warren Circle April 20-23 at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
April 25, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.
April 13, 2017
Barry Pearson compiled the 27th title from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic Piedmont Blues, offering an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style.
April 13, 2017
Martha Nell Smith will deliver “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Challenges Post-2016” at the University of Miami Humanities Center, April 20, 2017.
April 12, 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, Tom Earles, Clara Montague, Julia Maier, Jessica Morris, Charlotte Racioppo, and Leigh Ryan all presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA.
April 12, 2017
Holly Smith (hsmith11@umd.edu) announces that the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books will host a millennial-friendly literary salon on April 19th in Georgetown. If you have any aspiring-author students who might like to attend (or if you'd like to attend whether or not you're a millennial yourself), please let her know!
April 12, 2017
Brian Richardson’s 2015 book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was re-issued in paperback.He published an article on “Unnatural Narrative Theory” and responded to several commentators on the subject in the latest issue of Style. He also published “The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, eds. Brian Schiff and A. Elizabeth McKim (Oxford UP).He spoke on “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Film” at the International Narrative Conference in Lexington KY in March and is giving an invited lecture on “Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Drama” at the University of Freiburg in May.He gave a block seminar for graduate students and faculty on Narrative Dynamics at the University of Lisbon in early March.This semester he is a Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
April 12, 2017
MFA Candidate Chris Philpot has two poems ("Occupations of Uninhabited Space" and "I Am Full of Dread") in the most recent issue of Forklift, Ohio, and his poem "Category: Deserts of Utah" is forthcoming in the next issue of Whiskey Island. He also recently published an article ("Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) in the recent anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, published by Lexington Books.

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