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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

December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 2, 2016
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump." 
November 29, 2016
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2017), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
November 29, 2016
Peter Witte's letter was published in November as part of The Rumpus's "Letters in the Mail" program. Also, in October, the university's volleyball team honored him as a "Most Valuable Professor" in "recognition of his outstanding contribution to the education of the students of the University of Maryland."
November 29, 2016
Elizabeth Papazian and Caroline Eades served as editors of The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia published by Wallflower Press (2016), which features writing from several UMD faculty members.
November 29, 2016
Sarah Bonnie presented a paper titled “Continuity Across Disruptive Colonial Borders in Zitkala-Ša and Louise Erdrich’s Poetry on Indian Boarding Schools” on the Native American Literature Panel at the MMLA Conference in November.One of Sarah's papers titled “The Mentoring of Miss Deloria – Poetics, Politics, and the Test of Tradition,” co-authored with Dr. Sue Krook, was accepted for publication at American Indian Quarterly.
November 29, 2016
This semester we hosted an Open House for University staff and displayed some of the interesting material found within our collection.
November 29, 2016
Tim Bruno's "Nat Turner after 9/11: Kyle Baker's Nat Turner" appeared in the November issue of Journal of American Studies.
November 16, 2016
Bringing together words, phrases, poems, passages, and more...
November 16, 2016
Elizabeth Arnold's fifth book of poems Skeleton Coast will appear in January 2017 from Flood Editions. A long sequence from the book, "Hell", will appear in Chicago Review in December.
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. 
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.
December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 2, 2016
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump." 
November 29, 2016
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2017), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
November 29, 2016
Peter Witte's letter was published in November as part of The Rumpus's "Letters in the Mail" program. Also, in October, the university's volleyball team honored him as a "Most Valuable Professor" in "recognition of his outstanding contribution to the education of the students of the University of Maryland."
November 29, 2016
Elizabeth Papazian and Caroline Eades served as editors of The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia published by Wallflower Press (2016), which features writing from several UMD faculty members.
November 29, 2016
Sarah Bonnie presented a paper titled “Continuity Across Disruptive Colonial Borders in Zitkala-Ša and Louise Erdrich’s Poetry on Indian Boarding Schools” on the Native American Literature Panel at the MMLA Conference in November.One of Sarah's papers titled “The Mentoring of Miss Deloria – Poetics, Politics, and the Test of Tradition,” co-authored with Dr. Sue Krook, was accepted for publication at American Indian Quarterly.
November 29, 2016
This semester we hosted an Open House for University staff and displayed some of the interesting material found within our collection.
November 29, 2016
Tim Bruno's "Nat Turner after 9/11: Kyle Baker's Nat Turner" appeared in the November issue of Journal of American Studies.
November 16, 2016
Bringing together words, phrases, poems, passages, and more...
November 16, 2016
Elizabeth Arnold's fifth book of poems Skeleton Coast will appear in January 2017 from Flood Editions. A long sequence from the book, "Hell", will appear in Chicago Review in December.

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