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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

July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.
July 20, 2016
PhD student Stephen Rojcewicz published "Overview of Thornton Wilder’s The Woman of Andros,"  in the Thornton Wilder Society web site, in July 2016.
June 14, 2016
PhD graduate Chris Brown has accepted an appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor at Wake Forest University.  Chris goes to Wake Forest after a post-doct at Princeton.  Chris’s dissertation, “And There See Justice Done:  The Problem of Law in the African American Literary Tradition” (2012), was completed under the directorship of Mary Helen Washington, with a committee consisting of Robert Levine, Zita Nunes, Edlie Wong, and Elsa Barkley Brown (History).
June 14, 2016
Christin Taylor has accepted a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor in Shenandoah University (in Winchester, VA).  Christin completed her dissertation, “The Reaper’s Return:  Environmental Justice, Feeling, and Desire in African American and American Literature, 1920-1980,” in 2013.  Her dissertation committee was composed of David Wyatt (chair), Zita Nunes, Carla Peterson, Mary Helen Washington, and Ira Berlin (History).
June 14, 2016
Rob Wakeman has accepted a one-year post-doctoral position at the University of South Florida (in Tampa).  Rob expects to defend his dissertation, "Eating Animals in Tudor and Stuart Theaters,” later this summer.  His dissertation committee is co-chaired by Theresa Coletti and Ted Leinwand, with Kellie Robertson, Scott Trudell, and Phil Soergel (History) as members.
June 1, 2016
An excerpt of ECONOLINE, Dawn Dorland's novel-in-progress, placed third in the 2016 Writers @ Work Emerging Writers competition judged by Peter Ho Davies. Ms. Dorland was also invited to join the faculty of the San Miguel International Writers' Conference (Feb 2017) as a bilingual and cross-genre instructor. She currently teaches fiction and essay on the faculty of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and at the Downtown Women's Center on Skid Row.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 12, 2016
Comparative Literature students Nathan Tillman, Ines Rivera, Chen Edrei, Abbas Jamshidi, and Nataliya Pratsovyta have been awarded graduate student awards. 
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.”
July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.
July 20, 2016
PhD student Stephen Rojcewicz published "Overview of Thornton Wilder’s The Woman of Andros,"  in the Thornton Wilder Society web site, in July 2016.
June 14, 2016
PhD graduate Chris Brown has accepted an appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor at Wake Forest University.  Chris goes to Wake Forest after a post-doct at Princeton.  Chris’s dissertation, “And There See Justice Done:  The Problem of Law in the African American Literary Tradition” (2012), was completed under the directorship of Mary Helen Washington, with a committee consisting of Robert Levine, Zita Nunes, Edlie Wong, and Elsa Barkley Brown (History).
June 14, 2016
Christin Taylor has accepted a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor in Shenandoah University (in Winchester, VA).  Christin completed her dissertation, “The Reaper’s Return:  Environmental Justice, Feeling, and Desire in African American and American Literature, 1920-1980,” in 2013.  Her dissertation committee was composed of David Wyatt (chair), Zita Nunes, Carla Peterson, Mary Helen Washington, and Ira Berlin (History).
June 14, 2016
Rob Wakeman has accepted a one-year post-doctoral position at the University of South Florida (in Tampa).  Rob expects to defend his dissertation, "Eating Animals in Tudor and Stuart Theaters,” later this summer.  His dissertation committee is co-chaired by Theresa Coletti and Ted Leinwand, with Kellie Robertson, Scott Trudell, and Phil Soergel (History) as members.
June 1, 2016
An excerpt of ECONOLINE, Dawn Dorland's novel-in-progress, placed third in the 2016 Writers @ Work Emerging Writers competition judged by Peter Ho Davies. Ms. Dorland was also invited to join the faculty of the San Miguel International Writers' Conference (Feb 2017) as a bilingual and cross-genre instructor. She currently teaches fiction and essay on the faculty of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and at the Downtown Women's Center on Skid Row.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 12, 2016
Comparative Literature students Nathan Tillman, Ines Rivera, Chen Edrei, Abbas Jamshidi, and Nataliya Pratsovyta have been awarded graduate student awards. 

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