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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

April 28, 2016
Congratulations to Ruth Osorio, recipient of one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships. Ruth is a representative of the College of Arts and Humanities and the award honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding GAs.
April 27, 2016
John Macintosh is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for his thesis tentatively titled, "The Trouble with Precarity: Representations of Labor in Post-1980 U.S. Fiction." Congratulations!
April 6, 2016
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs held their annual conference, AWP, this past week in Los Angeles. The creative writing undergraduate and graduate programs were well represented at the event. Keep reading to learn more. 
March 23, 2016
GEO's annual conference took place on Saturday, 12 March, with this year's theme being "Perversions". The conference was well attended and featured many excellent panels, papers, and plenaries by Ayanna Thompson (GWU), as well as by our own Chanon Adsanatham and Lee Konstantinou. Congratulations to GEO on staging another wonderful conference and thanks to everyone who helped make the conference a great success. Special thanks to the conference co-chairs, Audrey Farley and Lindsey E.R. O'Neil. 
March 9, 2016
Kyle attended ACLA 2016 at Harvard and presented a paper “Building Empty Archives and Constructing Cultural Memory Based on Societal Metadata,” in March 2016. Kyle also has a book review forthcoming in Contriver's Review on A Geology of Media (Jussi Parikka).
March 3, 2016
This symposium on April 29th in Tawes Hall is co-sponsored by the departments of English and History at the University of Maryland, College Park. The symposium will explore the Restoration era’s significance in the creation of the British empire. Papers address theater, politics, literature, gender, war, sexuality, colonialism, dissent, religion, and the slave trade. 
March 3, 2016
Rob Wakeman delivered his presentation "Peacable Kingdom: The Place of the Dog in the Living Nativity Scene" in February at Eastern New Mexico University.
March 3, 2016
Nabila Hijazi presented her paper, “Translanguaging Practice: Social Justice Or Language Integrity Dilution” at Camp Rhetoric Conference, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, in February 2016.
February 25, 2016
Sara Faradji's article, “Journeys to the Middle: An Analysis of Liminality within 20th Century Middle Eastern Literature and Scholarship” was published in the January issue (Volume 1, Issue 1) of Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Keep reading for more!
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
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.”
April 28, 2016
Congratulations to Ruth Osorio, recipient of one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships. Ruth is a representative of the College of Arts and Humanities and the award honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding GAs.
April 27, 2016
John Macintosh is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for his thesis tentatively titled, "The Trouble with Precarity: Representations of Labor in Post-1980 U.S. Fiction." Congratulations!
April 6, 2016
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs held their annual conference, AWP, this past week in Los Angeles. The creative writing undergraduate and graduate programs were well represented at the event. Keep reading to learn more. 
March 23, 2016
GEO's annual conference took place on Saturday, 12 March, with this year's theme being "Perversions". The conference was well attended and featured many excellent panels, papers, and plenaries by Ayanna Thompson (GWU), as well as by our own Chanon Adsanatham and Lee Konstantinou. Congratulations to GEO on staging another wonderful conference and thanks to everyone who helped make the conference a great success. Special thanks to the conference co-chairs, Audrey Farley and Lindsey E.R. O'Neil. 
March 9, 2016
Kyle attended ACLA 2016 at Harvard and presented a paper “Building Empty Archives and Constructing Cultural Memory Based on Societal Metadata,” in March 2016. Kyle also has a book review forthcoming in Contriver's Review on A Geology of Media (Jussi Parikka).
March 3, 2016
This symposium on April 29th in Tawes Hall is co-sponsored by the departments of English and History at the University of Maryland, College Park. The symposium will explore the Restoration era’s significance in the creation of the British empire. Papers address theater, politics, literature, gender, war, sexuality, colonialism, dissent, religion, and the slave trade. 
March 3, 2016
Rob Wakeman delivered his presentation "Peacable Kingdom: The Place of the Dog in the Living Nativity Scene" in February at Eastern New Mexico University.
March 3, 2016
Nabila Hijazi presented her paper, “Translanguaging Practice: Social Justice Or Language Integrity Dilution” at Camp Rhetoric Conference, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, in February 2016.
February 25, 2016
Sara Faradji's article, “Journeys to the Middle: An Analysis of Liminality within 20th Century Middle Eastern Literature and Scholarship” was published in the January issue (Volume 1, Issue 1) of Postcolonial Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Keep reading for more!
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.

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