Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

A dynamic venue for critical and creative work at the University of Maryland, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies sponsors lectures, symposia, conferences, readings, and other activities.

For 2016-2017 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, “Migrations.”  Fall 2016 events associated with this theme include the college-wide initiative Democracy Then and Now, especially ARHU guest Claudia Rankine and English department talks by Ralph Bauer, Shirley Logan, Amy Wan, and Rhondda Thomas, as well as “Disciplinarity Before or As Interdisciplinarity?” the first of our Migrating Disciplines Roundtables.  Spring 2017 will feature the Center conference, “Forming Black Britain: Aesthetics, Itineraries, Diaspora,” March 9-10, 2017, with Petrou Lecturer Caryl Phillips and Keynote Speaker Hazel Carby. 

Other events throughout the year include symposiums, talks, colloquiums, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including on October 14-15, 2016, a visit from the Transatlantic Poetics Working Group and, on April 6-7, 2017, the conference "Women, Rhetoric, Writing."

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Migrations" in 2016-17 and 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 4

3:30 PM

Wed Oct 5

Fri Oct 7

12:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

Sat Oct 15

10:00 AM

Mon Oct 17

3:30 PM
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

Wed Oct 19

3:30 PM

Thu Oct 20

4:00 PM
Lobby of the Physical Sciences Complex

Fri Oct 21

Mon Oct 24

3:30 PM
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

Tue Nov 1

4:00 PM

Fri Nov 4

Wed Nov 16

3:00 PM
Room 1134

Fri Dec 9

3:00 PM

Fri Jan 27

Fri Feb 10

Fri Feb 17

Fri Feb 24

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Fri Mar 3

Fri Mar 17

Thu Apr 6

9:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 7

9:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 14

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Thu Apr 20

Fri Apr 21

Fri Apr 28

Sat Apr 29

10:00 AM

Wed May 3

Fri May 5

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

News

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 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.
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 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.
September 2, 2016
Sept. 9 at 3:30 pm: "From Bacon to Edges: Remediating the Early Modern Social Network"
April 21, 2016
With Professor Mortimer Sellers, Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall at 3:30 PM
February 22, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2015-2016 series will take place on Friday, March 4th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Marija Dalbello will deliver a talk entitled "The Making of Presence through Sensations and Illusions: 'Picturization' in Photoplay Novels."
January 20, 2016
Meet literary power couple Jane Shore and Howard Norman at The Writer’s Center when they read from their work and discuss the writing life with new Executive Director Joe Callahan. Shore is the author of five award-winning books of poems, and NYT wrote of Norman's latest novel, "[It] delivers an opening sentence worthy of the Noir Hall of Fame."
December 16, 2015
Kseniya Melnik is the author of the linked story collection Snow in May, which was short-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor.
November 11, 2015
November 19, 20, and 22 at the Clarice Smith Center, in the style of Glassgow Citizen Theatre's Queer Shakespeare. 
November 4, 2015
Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian documentary filmmaker. His film, 18 Jus Soli  offers an important perspective on the situation of immigrants in Southern Europe and Italy in particular. His Inside Buffalo focuses on the experience of World War Two Buffalo Soldiers in Italy, and his current project, Blaxploitation, which is still in post production, analyzes the often neglected and marginalized presence of actors of color in the first 100 years of Italian cinema. 
November 4, 2015
At the College of Arts & Sciences, Ira Aldrige Theatre. RSVP here.
November 4, 2015
Sangeeta Ray at Georgetown University's Environmental Humanities Seminar. Ecology of Intimacies: An Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Reading Postcolonial Environmental Fiction. Lannan Center, New North 408.
November 4, 2015
Intercultural Center Auditorium Georgetown University. Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. She has published seventeen books and edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life. Newsweek magazine chose Shakespeare After All as one of the five best nonfiction books of 2004, and praised it as the “indispensable introduction to an indispensable writer ... Garber’s is the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll ever enter.” 
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 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.
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 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.