Graduate

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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

March 16, 2017
Bill Peterson (emeritus) delivered a paper entitled "Only Connect" at a two-day symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Library, 17–18 March, in celebration of the Library's recent acquisition of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection of Victorian literature and art.
March 16, 2017
Bob Levine's recent publications include his coedited (with Cindy Weinstein) Norton Critical Edition of Melville's Pierre and an essay on Hawthorne and dueling in The Field of Honor (University of South Carolina Press). This semester he is giving talks on Frederick Douglass (who "is getting recognized more and more") at the University of Rochester, Texas A&M, Catholic University, and Smith College.
March 16, 2017
Ruth Osario's second peer-reviewed publication is out in Rhetoric Review, titled "Embodying Truth: Sylvia Rivera’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.”
March 16, 2017
PhD Candidate Susanna Compton's essay "Sentimentalism and Secularism in Herman Melville's Pierre" is forthcoming in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Academy of American Poets for the best poem or group of poems by a University of Maryland student.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Department of English for the best short fiction entry by a University of Maryland student.
February 7, 2017
The Associal of Writing and Writing Program's Annual Convention is being held in Washington, DC from February 8th through the 11th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members, graduate students, and alumni.
January 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum was featured in Terp magazine. The article focuses on Kirschenbaum's extensive work on word processing and can be read here.
January 4, 2017
Because of the Department of English's willing and thoughtful participation in sustainability initiatives, the Department was re-issued Green Office Certification (Bronze). Let's continue on our green path! 
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
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. 
March 16, 2017
Bill Peterson (emeritus) delivered a paper entitled "Only Connect" at a two-day symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Library, 17–18 March, in celebration of the Library's recent acquisition of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection of Victorian literature and art.
March 16, 2017
Bob Levine's recent publications include his coedited (with Cindy Weinstein) Norton Critical Edition of Melville's Pierre and an essay on Hawthorne and dueling in The Field of Honor (University of South Carolina Press). This semester he is giving talks on Frederick Douglass (who "is getting recognized more and more") at the University of Rochester, Texas A&M, Catholic University, and Smith College.
March 16, 2017
Ruth Osario's second peer-reviewed publication is out in Rhetoric Review, titled "Embodying Truth: Sylvia Rivera’s Delivery of Parrhesia at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally.”
March 16, 2017
PhD Candidate Susanna Compton's essay "Sentimentalism and Secularism in Herman Melville's Pierre" is forthcoming in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Academy of American Poets for the best poem or group of poems by a University of Maryland student.
February 28, 2017
An honorarium will be awarded by the Department of English for the best short fiction entry by a University of Maryland student.
February 7, 2017
The Associal of Writing and Writing Program's Annual Convention is being held in Washington, DC from February 8th through the 11th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members, graduate students, and alumni.
January 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum was featured in Terp magazine. The article focuses on Kirschenbaum's extensive work on word processing and can be read here.
January 4, 2017
Because of the Department of English's willing and thoughtful participation in sustainability initiatives, the Department was re-issued Green Office Certification (Bronze). Let's continue on our green path! 
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.

Upcoming Events

Tue Mar 28

3:30 PM

Thu Mar 30

3:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 7

1:30 PM
The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection

Tue Apr 11

2:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 14

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Wed Apr 19

4:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 28

11:00 AM
The Michelle Smith Collaboratory, 4213 Art-Sociology Building

Tue May 2

2:00 PM
Room 2115, Tawes Hall

Thu May 4

3:30 PM

Fri May 5

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Sat May 6

Wed May 10

4:30 PM