Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

 

October 30, 2014: Petrou Polyseminar: Bill Brown

 

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 fall 2015 funding cycle, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Play" and other scholarly and intellectual initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Fri Feb 12

2:00 PM
3132 Tawes Hall

Mon Feb 15

Fri Feb 19

3:00 PM
Tawes 3132

Sat Feb 20

1:00 PM
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20008

Tue Feb 23

5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall
7:00 PM

Thu Feb 25

11:00 AM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Tue Mar 1

Fri Mar 4

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

Tue Mar 8

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Fri Mar 11

9:00 AM
3:00 PM
Tawes 3132

Sat Mar 12

Tue Mar 29

5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall

Wed Mar 30

4:30 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Apr 1

3:00 PM
Tawes 3132

Wed Apr 13

2:00 PM

Fri Apr 15

10:00 AM

Wed Apr 20

Fri Apr 22

3:00 PM
Tawes 3132

Mon Apr 25

Tue Apr 26

5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 29

9:00 AM

Wed May 4

7:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Sat Sep 24

News

February 8, 2016
Reginald Dwayne Betts, who earned his BA in English in 2009, is reading in the O.B. Hardison Poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library at 7:30 PM on Monday, 2/8/16. 
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
January 20, 2016
The Three Volume Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies coedited by Sangeeta Ray Henry Schwarz just came out from Wiley-Blackwell.
January 13, 2016
Robert Levine's The Lives of Frederick Douglass was just published by Harvard UP. 
January 6, 2016
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2016Conference will be held Friday, 22 April 2016
January 6, 2016
For the spring 2014 grant cycle, CLCS awarded funding to support 22 proposals for lecture series, conferences, reading groups, and more.
January 5, 2016
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Austin, Texas from January 7th through the 10th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
December 17, 2015
This year, the Department collected 48 stuffed animals that will be distributed to non-profit organizations working with children in need and in crisis. The drive ran from November 1st to December 16th. Keep reading to see photos from the drive.
December 17, 2015
In November and October, Martha Nell Smith gave an invited public lecture, moderated a digital humanities plenary, gave a paper and lead a digital humanities mentoring session. Keep reading to learn more.
April 21, 2016
With Professor Mortimer Sellers, Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall at 3:30 PM
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.
October 21, 2015
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)Our own Elizabeth Arnold and Charles Bernstein will celebrate the birthday of poet Ezra Pound by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
February 8, 2016
Reginald Dwayne Betts, who earned his BA in English in 2009, is reading in the O.B. Hardison Poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library at 7:30 PM on Monday, 2/8/16. 
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
January 20, 2016
The Three Volume Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies coedited by Sangeeta Ray Henry Schwarz just came out from Wiley-Blackwell.
January 13, 2016
Robert Levine's The Lives of Frederick Douglass was just published by Harvard UP. 
January 6, 2016
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2016Conference will be held Friday, 22 April 2016
January 6, 2016
For the spring 2014 grant cycle, CLCS awarded funding to support 22 proposals for lecture series, conferences, reading groups, and more.
January 5, 2016
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Austin, Texas from January 7th through the 10th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
December 17, 2015
This year, the Department collected 48 stuffed animals that will be distributed to non-profit organizations working with children in need and in crisis. The drive ran from November 1st to December 16th. Keep reading to see photos from the drive.
December 17, 2015
In November and October, Martha Nell Smith gave an invited public lecture, moderated a digital humanities plenary, gave a paper and lead a digital humanities mentoring session. Keep reading to learn more.