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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

January 9, 2018
Congratuations to alumna Joelle Biele on her latest publication Tramp: Poems, forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. 
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
November 30, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce its nominees for AWP's IntroJournals Project, an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country. 
October 30, 2017
Christopher Suarez presented "Jimi Hendrix and His Muse: "Manic Depression," "Little Wing," & "Voodoo Chile"' at the ALSCW Conference on October 26-29 at Dallas University, in Dallas, Texas.
October 25, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper, "More than a Feeling: Frame Metonymy and Cultural Scripts in Persuasive Communication," at the 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, held in Tartu, Estonia.  The talk uses classical rhetorical concepts, corpus methods, and Cognitive Grammar to model how rhetors coordinate evaluations and beliefs with their audiences to make them recognize cultural knowledge about what makes people emotional. Cameron was also nominated for and accepted the position of Junior Scholar on the International Cognitive Linguistics Association governing board.
October 25, 2017
Faculty, students, and alumni gavepapers at the October Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at the University of Dayton. 
October 25, 2017
On October 7, Gabriela presented on a panel with Danielle Griffin and Elizabeth Miller at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference hosted by the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). The title of Gabriela's presentation was "Collections and Collective Performances in Madeleine de Scudéry’s Les Femmes illustres."
October 25, 2017
Jonathan Rick continued delivering a series of communications workshops to organizations such as AXA and the Food and Drug Administration. He also developed a presentation on using visual aids in writing.
October 25, 2017
On October 5, 2017, Katie Bramlett presented a conference presentation paper entitled "Hillwood and Marjorie Post's China (Dishes Not the Country): An International House Museum" at the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference in Dayton, Ohio.
October 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum recently keynoted the Book History + Digital Humanities conference organized by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison with new research entitled "Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe." He also participated in the Rare Book School's conference Bibliography Among the Disciplines in Philadelphia, including as an invited member of the closing plenary panel. Later in the month, he will again travel to Philadelphia to present work at the Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society. His chapter on floppy disks is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence.
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.
March 28, 2017
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. David Norbrook will deliver a paper titled “I write not for the presse to boast my own weaknesses to the world”: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration Public Sphere’.
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.
January 9, 2018
Congratuations to alumna Joelle Biele on her latest publication Tramp: Poems, forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. 
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
November 30, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce its nominees for AWP's IntroJournals Project, an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country. 
October 30, 2017
Christopher Suarez presented "Jimi Hendrix and His Muse: "Manic Depression," "Little Wing," & "Voodoo Chile"' at the ALSCW Conference on October 26-29 at Dallas University, in Dallas, Texas.
October 25, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper, "More than a Feeling: Frame Metonymy and Cultural Scripts in Persuasive Communication," at the 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, held in Tartu, Estonia.  The talk uses classical rhetorical concepts, corpus methods, and Cognitive Grammar to model how rhetors coordinate evaluations and beliefs with their audiences to make them recognize cultural knowledge about what makes people emotional. Cameron was also nominated for and accepted the position of Junior Scholar on the International Cognitive Linguistics Association governing board.
October 25, 2017
Faculty, students, and alumni gavepapers at the October Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at the University of Dayton. 
October 25, 2017
On October 7, Gabriela presented on a panel with Danielle Griffin and Elizabeth Miller at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference hosted by the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). The title of Gabriela's presentation was "Collections and Collective Performances in Madeleine de Scudéry’s Les Femmes illustres."
October 25, 2017
Jonathan Rick continued delivering a series of communications workshops to organizations such as AXA and the Food and Drug Administration. He also developed a presentation on using visual aids in writing.
October 25, 2017
On October 5, 2017, Katie Bramlett presented a conference presentation paper entitled "Hillwood and Marjorie Post's China (Dishes Not the Country): An International House Museum" at the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference in Dayton, Ohio.
October 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum recently keynoted the Book History + Digital Humanities conference organized by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison with new research entitled "Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe." He also participated in the Rare Book School's conference Bibliography Among the Disciplines in Philadelphia, including as an invited member of the closing plenary panel. Later in the month, he will again travel to Philadelphia to present work at the Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society. His chapter on floppy disks is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence.

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