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 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

Thu May 5

7:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall / Stamp Student Union

Fri May 6

2:00 PM
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, Art-Soc Building
7:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall / Stamp Student Union

Sat May 7

7:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall / Stamp Student Union

Sun May 8

7:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall / Stamp Student Union

Tue May 10

7:30 PM
Lutheran Church of the Reformation 212 East Capitol Street NE

Fri May 20

9:30 AM
Ritchie Coliseum

Sat May 21

6:00 PM
Politics and Prose 5105 Connecticut Ave NW DC

Fri May 27

6:30 PM
Sidney Harman Hall Padua Finishing School

Fri Sep 9

3:00 PM

Fri Sep 23

Wed Sep 28

3:30 PM

Fri Sep 30

3:00 PM

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

Fri May 5

3:00 PM

News

April 28, 2016
Congratulations to Ruth Osorio, recipient of one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships. Ruth is a representative of the College of Arts and Humanities and the award honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding GAs.
April 25, 2016
Casey Patterson has been selected as one of Maryland's "Undergraduate Researchers of the Year" for 2016. Casey was nominated by Prof. Randy Ontiveros. This recognition includes an award of $1000 and a plaque. Congratulations to Casey on this acknowledgement of his fruitful pursuit of learning and scholarship beyond the classroom!
April 25, 2016
Jenna Bachman was selected to receive a James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. The recognition includes an award of $1,100. Join us in congratulating Jenna and wishing her continued success in her academic career!
April 21, 2016
Winners of the #SpeareTheTurtle poetry contest were awarded at the Wake for SHX!
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
April 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Michelle Sauer for receiving the 2016 Library Award for Undergraduate Research for her paper "The Liminality of Irene Redfield: a Reading of Ambiguous Identity in Nella Larsen’s Passing", which she wrote for ENGL 301 Critical Methods in the Study of English Literature. Michelle's paper explores the complexity of Irene Redfiled, "the main character of Passing, a Harlem Renaissance novel by Nella Larsen," and examines, "how [Irene's] identity is liminal, or in an in-between state both in her racial identity and sexual orientation."
April 6, 2016
Congratulations to Emily Mitchell, who has been promoted to associate professor with tenure and to Amanda Bailey, who has been promoted to full professor.
April 6, 2016
Kent Cartwright has been appointed by the Modern Language Association Executive Committee to serve a four-year term on  MLA’s Committee on the New Variorum of Shakespeare.  In January, he gave a lecture on The Comedy of Errors at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  His Arden, Series Three, edition of Errors will be published in 2016.  Kent was also a nominee this spring for president of the Shakespeare Association of America.
April 6, 2016
Ralph Bauer is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Director of Studies Award.  He was nominated by the Graduate English Organization, led by Susie Compton. 
March 21, 2016
First Place winners receive $150.00; 2nd Place $100, and 3rd place $50.00.Thanks to all who submitted work to the contest! Many submissions were received.  
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.
April 28, 2016
Congratulations to Ruth Osorio, recipient of one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships. Ruth is a representative of the College of Arts and Humanities and the award honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding GAs.
April 25, 2016
Casey Patterson has been selected as one of Maryland's "Undergraduate Researchers of the Year" for 2016. Casey was nominated by Prof. Randy Ontiveros. This recognition includes an award of $1000 and a plaque. Congratulations to Casey on this acknowledgement of his fruitful pursuit of learning and scholarship beyond the classroom!
April 25, 2016
Jenna Bachman was selected to receive a James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. The recognition includes an award of $1,100. Join us in congratulating Jenna and wishing her continued success in her academic career!
April 21, 2016
Winners of the #SpeareTheTurtle poetry contest were awarded at the Wake for SHX!
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
April 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Michelle Sauer for receiving the 2016 Library Award for Undergraduate Research for her paper "The Liminality of Irene Redfield: a Reading of Ambiguous Identity in Nella Larsen’s Passing", which she wrote for ENGL 301 Critical Methods in the Study of English Literature. Michelle's paper explores the complexity of Irene Redfiled, "the main character of Passing, a Harlem Renaissance novel by Nella Larsen," and examines, "how [Irene's] identity is liminal, or in an in-between state both in her racial identity and sexual orientation."
April 6, 2016
Congratulations to Emily Mitchell, who has been promoted to associate professor with tenure and to Amanda Bailey, who has been promoted to full professor.
April 6, 2016
Kent Cartwright has been appointed by the Modern Language Association Executive Committee to serve a four-year term on  MLA’s Committee on the New Variorum of Shakespeare.  In January, he gave a lecture on The Comedy of Errors at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  His Arden, Series Three, edition of Errors will be published in 2016.  Kent was also a nominee this spring for president of the Shakespeare Association of America.
April 6, 2016
Ralph Bauer is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Director of Studies Award.  He was nominated by the Graduate English Organization, led by Susie Compton. 
March 21, 2016
First Place winners receive $150.00; 2nd Place $100, and 3rd place $50.00.Thanks to all who submitted work to the contest! Many submissions were received.