Summer 2016 Bywords

Meet the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Scott Eklund Wins ARHU Staff Award

Neil Fraistat Wins Kirwan Prize

September 12, 2016
The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
September 12, 2016
Jess Enoch was the keynote speaker at the Naylor Conference for Undergraduate Research at York College in York, Pennsylvania (Sept. 9-11). She presented with two of her students from the spring 2016 semester Keith Wise and Sean McGovern. Their presentation "Reflections on Method: Undergraduate Research and Digital Transcription" discussed the digital transcription project of Madge Preston's diaries that students completed in Enoch's spring's course Women in Public Memory in Material and Digital Worlds. Additionally, Jess Enoch was a featured speaker at the Humanities Lecture Series at York College on Sept. 8th where she  presented "Remembering (and Forgetting) Women: Exploring Complexities of the Public Memory Archive." 
September 12, 2016
Oak Knoll Press has recently published The Daniel Press and The Garland of Rachel by Bill and Sylvia Peterson (both former faculty), an account of a small private press operated by an Oxford don near the end of the nineteenth century. The Garland of Rachel (1881) is a collection of poetic tributes to Henry and Emily Daniel's one-year-old daughter, and today it is regarded as one of the most sought-after of Victorian rare books.
September 8, 2016
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
September 7, 2016
Brian Richardson’s article, “Modern Fiction, the Poetics of Lists, and the Boundaries of Narrative,” was published in Style 50 (2016) 327-41. He read a paper in a panel he organized and chaired on “Antiworlds and Unnatural Narrative Theory” at the International Conference on Narrative in Amsterdam in June. He also served as an evaluator for a new international PhD program based at the University of Lisbon.
September 7, 2016
Emily Mitchell has been asked to participate in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in the Schools program.
September 7, 2016
Joshua Weiner's Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis, will be published this fall by the Los Angeles Review of Books. An outtake from it appeared in the summer issue of The Threepenny Review. Keep reading to learn more.
September 7, 2016
Emily Flamm (MFA '13) received second place and $500 in Carve Magazine's Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her story, "Come Down to the Water," will be published in the fall issue.
September 2, 2016
Alumna and PWP lecturer Kara Pleasants and her husband were awarded the curatorship of a historic property in Susquehanna State Park last fall. This summer, the couple began the restoration project. 
September 2, 2016
In June, Kellie Robertson spoke at a symposium hosted by the Institut d'études avancées in Paris entitled “Le Roman de la Rose et la philosophie parisienne au XIIIe siècle.” Her talk was entitled “Horace’s Pitchfork and Nature’s Ax.” Keep reading to learn more!
September 2, 2016
Congratulations to Laura Rosenthal, who has been appointed Director for Faculty Leadership in the Office of Faculty Affairs!
September 2, 2016
MFA Student Leigh McDonald completed work on the first season of the Lean & Hungry Podcast, which breaks down classic literature and makes works entertaining and accessible.
September 2, 2016
Peter Mallios’ essay “On Foreign Grounds: Towards an Alternative US Literary History, Archive, Methodology” will be appearing in American Literary History as part of a special issue on Archives in Winter 2017. The essay is connected to the Foreign Literatures in America (FLA) project, a project concerning the reception of non-US-authored literatures in the US developed in coordination with MITH and many graduate students from the English department.
September 2, 2016
Stanley Plumly's The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, & Lamb is just out in paperback (W.W. Norton); and his new collection of poems, Against Sunset is due out in November, 2016 (also W.W. Norton).  Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography has been selected by Jonathan Bate as one of the five best books ever written about the Romantics. 
September 2, 2016
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August 31, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, is now on the editorial board of two scholarly journals:Delos: A Journal of Translations and World Literature; andThe Journal of Poetry Therapy.
August 30, 2016
Peter Witte's essay, "He and I (and Her Too)," was published in the fall 2016 issue of The Threepenny Review. 
August 26, 2016
Professors Stanley Plumly and Michael Collier have poems featured in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edward Hirsch, Scribners.
August 26, 2016
Orrin Wang recently presented a paper on Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound and Commemorative Thought and one on the Gothic Zany at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism's annual conference in Berkeley; he'll be traveling this October to Vanderbilt to deliver a talk on the threat of mimesis in Austen, Byron, and Mary Shelley.  He'll also be giving a paper at the January Modern Language Association annual Convention on Derrida and the Prosthetic of the Inside.  All these talks are part of a book project on Romanticism and media, with the Prometheus Unbound piece a first stab at thinking about queer theory in relation to the idea of theory as future theory.  Another part of the project, on Wordsworth's poem "Michael" and Robert Smithson's land art, is forthcoming from ELN.
August 26, 2016
Pamela Gerhardt's essay, Fog on the Cher, is forthcoming in the fall issues of BlackBird, an online journal of literature and the arts.
August 26, 2016
Shirley Logan recently spoke with Professor Trevor Parry-Giles on WYPR on rhetoric and its role in politics. Shirley and Trevor will present "Rhetoric and Politics in America: What's Past is Prologue," on October 10th, as part of the Democracy Then & Now initiative.
August 25, 2016
In June 2016, Danuta Hinc graduated with an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College, VT.
August 25, 2016
Holly Smith is managing editor of the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRO). Holly received notification that, "The United States Library of Congress has selected [WIRO] for inclusion in its web archives," recognizing WIRO as, "an important part of [its] collection and the historical record."
August 25, 2016
Howard Norman's new novel, My Darling Detective, so far will have French, Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, German and Dutch translations. The novel will be published in the U.S. on March 28.  Howard is writing, for Princeton University Press in their WRITERS ON WRITERS series, a book about Peter Matthiessen.
August 25, 2016
Mark Fitzgerald was recently awarded a writing fellowship from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. On September 3, he will read from his book, By Way of Dust and Rain, at the Richmond Public Library.
August 25, 2016
FALL 2016 Syllabus and Office Hour Submissions: Attention ALL Faculty, Lecturers and TAs teaching 200 and above literature and/or CMLT courses. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your Syllabus for FALL 2016.
August 25, 2016
Tita Chico has been named a Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London (UK) for 2016-2019, spent August 2016 as a Visiting Fellow at the Chawton House Library and Research Centre in Hampshire (UK) – where Jane Austen lived and wrote for several years-- and is a recipient of funding from the ARHU ADVANCING Scholarship Initiative. Since early 2015, Prof. Chico has given lectures drawn from her work on 18th-c literature and science at the University of Oxford, the University of Warwick, Birkbeck College-University of London, Queen Mary University of London, the Foundling Museum (UK), Chawton House Library, and the University of Illinois. A new piece on ‘putrefaction’ in the 18th century is forthcoming in Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology.
August 9, 2016
Leigh Ryan was an invited speaker at the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” 2016 conference in June at Hilton Head, SC.  She presented “’Be all you seem to be; aim to be more than you seem to be’: Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer’s Life in Freedom.”  Earlier in June, she and the Rev. L Jerome Fowler presented “Emily Saunders Plummer: An Ordinary/Extraordinary Enslaved Woman’s Story” at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad conference in Cambridge, MD.   
August 4, 2016
George, who double-majored in English and Marketing, offered her commencement address at the campus ceremony in May. She capped her comments with the charge, "The world should be a better place because we are in it."
July 28, 2016
Alumna Simone Drake, who received her PhD in 2007, recently published When We Imagine Grace.
July 28, 2016
Congratulations to Scott Eklund, winner of the College of Arts & Humanities 2016 Staff Award!
July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 26, 2016
Tom Earles presented at the European Writing Centers Association Conference at Łódź University in Poland, July 8-10. His paper, "A Creative Writing Center?" considers student, tutor, and instructor attitudes about tutoring creative writing in writing centers. The trip was partially funded by a UMD Writing Program Award.
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 21, 2016
PWP's Jonathan Rick delivered business writing workshops to NASCAR (Charlotte, NC), the International Speedway Corporation (Daytona Beach, FL), the Institute for Humane Studies (Arlington, VA), and Georgetown University's School for Continuing Studies (Washington, DC).
July 21, 2016
The MFA faculty have works forthcoming this year and next.
July 20, 2016
Howard Norman will be at the Bogliasco artist's retreat in November and December. (Our colleague Maud Casey was in residence there earlier in the year.)  Howard's new novel, My Darling Detective,will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June, 2017. 
July 20, 2016
Special Collections and University Archives are pleased to announce a new acting head of Literature & Rare Books.
July 20, 2016
Scott Wible has been appointed to a two-year term on the editorial board of College English, which is the flagship professional journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Wible has also been named to the NCTE Committee on Resolutions for 2016. Keep reading to learn more.
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.
July 14, 2016
Professor Christina Walter, the new Director of Undergraduate Studies, is looking forward to the upcoming school year and the exciting developments happening in Undergraduate Studies.
July 13, 2016
Congratulations to the following faculty who have been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Thank you to Theresa Coletti, Jessica Enoch, Rebecca Holden, Kevin Nesline, Rebecca Sommer, Vessela Valiavitcharska, and Caroline Wilkins for their assistance in the promotion process.
July 7, 2016
Neil Fraistat is a 2016 awardee for the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize.
July 1, 2016
A number of recent publications by our faculty engage wide audiences by weaving together narrative and research.  Their inclusion in public library collections, bookstore speaker series, and online media outlets mark their successful popular appeal.
June 28, 2016
Lee Konstantinou's Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction has been reviewed by Dissent Magazine and Politics / Letters. He has also published articles in Salon and Slate this past semester.
June 28, 2016
Matthew Kirschenbaum was recently interviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and quoted in The New York Times for his new book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing.
June 20, 2016
According to Zippia, the University of Maryland, College Park is the number one college for English majors in the state of Maryland.
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
Congratulations and thank you to Shirley Logan, who has served as Associate Chair of the Department, Chair of the Campus Writing Board, and a dedicated professor of English.
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 9, 2016
Congratulations to Amanda Bailey, who has accepted an appointment as Department Chair beginning in July. We look forward to working with Professor Bailey in her new position!
June 9, 2016
The English Department congratulates and thanks Leigh Ryan for her 30+ years of service and unwavering dedication.
June 9, 2016
The English Department congratulates and thanks Vin Carretta for his dedication to teaching, his significant research in eighteenth-century transatlantic historical and literary studies, and his remarkable service to the English Department.
June 8, 2016
Congratulations to Matthew Kirshenbaum for his promottion to full professor!  Thank you to Matt's APT subcommittee, composed of Neil Fraistat (chair), Brian Richardson, and Orrin Wang for their excellent work.  Thanks are also due to Ted Leinwand, who served as chair of the APT committee for Matt’s promotion.
June 8, 2016
Sarah, who graduated from UMD with a Bachelor's in English in 2011, was named a finalist for Tupelo Press's 2016 Dorset Prize for her poetry manuscript, Country of Glass, by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
June 2, 2016
Congratulations to Willie Schatz, Tom Earles, Justin Lohr, and tutors in the Writing Center: Jessica Morris, Julia Maier, Charlotte Racioppo, and Logan Kline.
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.