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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 21, 2019
Fatima Taha has published two new reviews with the Washington Independent Review of Books, which recently learned that the Library of Congress is archiving each issue as the online paper is considered culturally significant. 
May 21, 2019
Congratulations to our graduate students for their recent achievements and plans as they move on to the next stages in their careers.
April 12, 2019
It is with great sadness that we mourn Distinguished University Professor Stanley Plumly, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2019, of multiple myeloma.
April 4, 2019
The awardees were selected for their potential to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in Humanistic Studies.
March 14, 2019
During spring break, many current and former (and an incoming) members of the English Department will be participating at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Denver, CO. 
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.
March 6, 2019
DeLisa D. Hawkes is the winner of the 2019 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship. 
February 27, 2019
DeLisa Hawkes will present her paper entitled, "Silencing 'Black Noise' in Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Forty Acres,” as a part of the "Navigating Trauma: Pasts, Presents, and Futures in African American Literature (Part 2)” roundtable at the 50th Anniversary Northeast Modern Language Association Conference.
February 27, 2019
PhD Candidate Tung-An Wei (Miranda) will present a paper at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Washington, DC in late March.
February 19, 2019
What can Buddhist and Hindu influences offer post-1945 American identities? This volume explores the possibilities in the novels of Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alice Walker, and others.
November 19, 2018
Free screening of "Wild Nights with Emily" at 5 pm, followed by "Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings" featuring Jen Bervin & Martha Nell Smith at 7:30 pm.
May 6, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading his Trumpoems on SUNDAY, May 6th, 6:00 PM at Bridge Street Books with DAVID GEWANTER in celebration of the publication of Gewanter's fourth book, FORT NECESSITY, just out from the University of Chicago Press.
April 23, 2018
Friday, 27 April, Francis Scott Key Hall Room 0106, 9 am. The reception will be in the Merrill Room (Key 2120)Please contact Gail Russell at gruss@umd.edu with any special parking requests or dietary considerations.
April 10, 2018
MFA Coordinator and recent winner of the National Poetry Series competition Lindsay Bernal and MFA Alumna Emily Flamm will read, along with Frank Montesonti and Jake Syersak. 
March 6, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018 — 1:30–4:45 p.m., with reception following. Sponsored by the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity. Free and open to the public.
February 21, 2018
Carlos Gamerro will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 PM in St. Mary's Hall Multipurpose Room. [...]
February 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, March 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Victoria E. Burke will deliver a talk entitled “Collecting, Compiling, and Creating: Engaging with the Bible in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.”
November 29, 2017
Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, as we celebrate the genius of Emily Dickinson with scholar and poet Sandra Gilbert. This third reading in the 2017/18 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
November 15, 2017
The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) invites you to an information session for individuals interested in supporting students who are incarcerated. GPEP offers Goucher College courses and college preparatory courses to students at two Maryland prisons. 
September 19, 2017
We invite proposals for scholarly papers and panels at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersection of both.
May 21, 2019
Fatima Taha has published two new reviews with the Washington Independent Review of Books, which recently learned that the Library of Congress is archiving each issue as the online paper is considered culturally significant. 
May 21, 2019
Congratulations to our graduate students for their recent achievements and plans as they move on to the next stages in their careers.
April 12, 2019
It is with great sadness that we mourn Distinguished University Professor Stanley Plumly, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2019, of multiple myeloma.
April 4, 2019
The awardees were selected for their potential to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in Humanistic Studies.
March 14, 2019
During spring break, many current and former (and an incoming) members of the English Department will be participating at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Denver, CO. 
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.
March 6, 2019
DeLisa D. Hawkes is the winner of the 2019 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship. 
February 27, 2019
DeLisa Hawkes will present her paper entitled, "Silencing 'Black Noise' in Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Forty Acres,” as a part of the "Navigating Trauma: Pasts, Presents, and Futures in African American Literature (Part 2)” roundtable at the 50th Anniversary Northeast Modern Language Association Conference.
February 27, 2019
PhD Candidate Tung-An Wei (Miranda) will present a paper at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Washington, DC in late March.
February 19, 2019
What can Buddhist and Hindu influences offer post-1945 American identities? This volume explores the possibilities in the novels of Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alice Walker, and others.

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