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 2015-2016, the Center explores the theme "Play." Events associated with this theme include "Play as Perfomance: A Roundtable Discussion" (October 1, 2015); the Petrou Lecture and Poly-Seminar with Sianne Ngai (October 22-23, 2015); "Lyric Play: the State of the Lyric and Lyric Studies Today" (February 10, 2016); the Center Symposium, "In Play: Games, Aesthetics, Performance" (March 4, 2016), and the "Composition of Play" mini-symposium (April 13, 2016). Other events include the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Symposium, "(Re-)Building Networks" (October 9-10, 2015), and "Disease, Medicine, and New World Colonial Studies" (March 23, 2016). All events are free and open to the public.

Watch for further announcements about our spring 2016 funding cycle, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Play" in 2015-16, "Migrations" in 2016-17, and other scholarly and intellectual initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Fri Sep 9

3:00 PM

Fri Sep 23

Mon Sep 26

3:30 PM

Mon Oct 10

Wed Oct 12

1:00 PM
Ulrich Hall

Fri Oct 14

Sat Oct 15

Fri Oct 28

3:00 PM

Fri Nov 11

3:00 PM

Fri Dec 9

3:00 PM

Fri Jan 27

Fri Feb 10

Fri Feb 17

Fri Feb 24

3:00 PM

Fri Mar 3

Fri Mar 17

Fri Apr 7

Fri Apr 14

3:00 PM

Fri Apr 21

Sat Apr 29

10:00 AM

Wed May 3

Fri May 5

3:00 PM

News

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.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 18, 2016
Congratulations to our graduate students on their awards and accomplishments.
May 18, 2016
Joshua Weiner was in Berlin in April, adding to the Berlin Notebook, which the Los Angeles Review of Books will publish this summer as an e-book.  In May he gave poetry readings in London and Prague (Anglo-American U.); he delivered a talk titled, "The Berlin Notebook: Poetry, Politics, Ethics" (University of Warsaw); and another one, titled, "Rock Creek: Poetics of Personal Epic" (Göttingen University). Pages from the Berlin Notebook will appear this summer in "The Threepenny Review" and "B O D Y". 
May 18, 2016
This semester, Julius Fleming, Jr. was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He also delivered an invited lecture at Princeton University, and will give a talk at the International James Baldwin Conference in Paris, France next week. 
May 16, 2016
Cameron Mozafari co-led a half-day workshop titled "Corpus-Based Approaches to Writing" at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication. The well-received workshop demonstrated how corpus-linguistic methods can be a useful tool both in- and outside of the classroom for researching and teaching first-year academic writing.Cameron will also present a paper titled "The Cognitive Rhetoric of Emotions" at the Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. This work brings together classical theories of emotion arousal in persuasive discourse with cognitive linguistic methods and insights from cognitive science to begin to describe the ways speakers and writers use language to motivate changes in audiences' feelings.
May 16, 2016
Chris Philpot has poems ("I'm Not Crying You're Crying" and "Genre Fiction") in issue 29 of Columbia Poetry Review. In March Chris presented a paper (Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) at the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Annual Conference.
May 16, 2016
Elizabeth Arnold has a longish sequence of poems coming out in Chicago Review this summer. It's a central part of her next book, Skeleton Coast, which is set to appear from Flood Editions at the end of this year.
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.” 
October 21, 2015
The one-day symposium will feature a film screening and discussion, a roundtable discussion with professors Ryan Long (Spanish) and Hester Baer (German) and graduate students, a panel featuring professors from varying departments and institutions and the Keynote Address from Dr. Barbara Mennel, Associate Professor of Film Studies and German Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The day's events will conclude with a reception in St. Mary's Hall. We are pleased to announce the participation of graduate students, José Alfredo Contreras, Sarah Dowman and Macarena García-Avello from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Kayla Harr and Andrea Knowles from the English Department.
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.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 18, 2016
Congratulations to our graduate students on their awards and accomplishments.
May 18, 2016
Joshua Weiner was in Berlin in April, adding to the Berlin Notebook, which the Los Angeles Review of Books will publish this summer as an e-book.  In May he gave poetry readings in London and Prague (Anglo-American U.); he delivered a talk titled, "The Berlin Notebook: Poetry, Politics, Ethics" (University of Warsaw); and another one, titled, "Rock Creek: Poetics of Personal Epic" (Göttingen University). Pages from the Berlin Notebook will appear this summer in "The Threepenny Review" and "B O D Y". 
May 18, 2016
This semester, Julius Fleming, Jr. was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He also delivered an invited lecture at Princeton University, and will give a talk at the International James Baldwin Conference in Paris, France next week. 
May 16, 2016
Cameron Mozafari co-led a half-day workshop titled "Corpus-Based Approaches to Writing" at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication. The well-received workshop demonstrated how corpus-linguistic methods can be a useful tool both in- and outside of the classroom for researching and teaching first-year academic writing.Cameron will also present a paper titled "The Cognitive Rhetoric of Emotions" at the Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. This work brings together classical theories of emotion arousal in persuasive discourse with cognitive linguistic methods and insights from cognitive science to begin to describe the ways speakers and writers use language to motivate changes in audiences' feelings.
May 16, 2016
Chris Philpot has poems ("I'm Not Crying You're Crying" and "Genre Fiction") in issue 29 of Columbia Poetry Review. In March Chris presented a paper (Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) at the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Annual Conference.
May 16, 2016
Elizabeth Arnold has a longish sequence of poems coming out in Chicago Review this summer. It's a central part of her next book, Skeleton Coast, which is set to appear from Flood Editions at the end of this year.