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 2014-2015, the Center explores the theme "Subjects and Objects." Scheduled special events for Sping 2015 include a roundtable "Speculations: Subjects and Objects in Science Fiction" (March 2), along with the "Departures" conference (March 28) organized by the Graduate English Organization and a symposium organized by the Language, Writing, and Rhetoric area group to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Writing Center (April 16). All events are free and open to the public.

Fall 2014 offerings consisted of a Medieval and Early Modern Studies symposium, Knowing Nature (October 24-25, 2014), the Petrou Lecture and Poly-seminar with Bill Brown (October 30-31,2014), and an end of the semester symposium and roundtable, Sympathetic Environments, Material Worlds, featuring Jane Bennett, Colin Jager, and Julia Reinhard Lupton (December 8, 2014).

Proposals for events to support this theme and other scholarly and intellectual initiatives were due October 20, 2014. There may be a second cycle with a deadline of April 20, 2015, depending upon the University's budget. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Wed Apr 1

5:00 PM
Marie Mount Hall 1400

Thu Apr 9

9:00 AM
2120 FS Key Hall, GW University, Library of Congress, National Museum of the American Indian, Mexican Cultural Institute

Sat Apr 18

Sat Apr 25

10:00 AM
Tawes Plaza and the Art Gallery

Thu Apr 30

12:30 PM

Wed May 6

5:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Thu Oct 22

10:00 AM
3:30 PM

Fri Oct 23

10:00 AM

Fri Mar 4

News

March 11, 2015
The African Diaspora Reading group held an event in Tawes this week called, "Selma: The Cinematic Text in the Moment of Ferguson." The event was covered in the Diamondback. 
March 10, 2015
Kari Kraus and her students have helped to create DUST, an alternate-reality game, in partnership with NASA, among others.
March 3, 2015
John Kelly '84, interviewed Department Chair Bill Cohen for an article in the The Washington Post titled, "Lost in TV stories, from ‘House of Cards’ to ‘Game of Thrones.'"
March 2, 2015
The Association of Departments of English, in addition to producing the Job Information List and providing Summer Seminars for chairs and directors, facilitates conversations on the national, regional, and local levels regarding best practices, the state of the profession, and issues that concern faculty, administrators, and students.
February 27, 2015
Carla Peterson was published in the New York Times this month.
February 25, 2015
45 students from Glen Burnie High School visited Tawes Hall in early February to sit in on a model college class. 
February 24, 2015
Congratulations to Randy Ontiveros, who has been selected as a recipient of a 2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.
February 23, 2015
When the Conference on College Composition and Communication convenes in Tampa, FL, in March, many faculty members and graduate students will present current research. Some of these presentations refine materials developed in conjunction with the graduate course and conference in fall 2013, "Engendering Rhetorical Power," a collaboration with scholars at Pennsylvania State University.
February 18, 2015
Congratulations to Ann Bracken on the publication of her book, The Altar of Innocence: Poems.
February 18, 2015
Residential fellowships are invaluable to the research and writing of the Department's faculty members. New locations provide new materials to read, new landscapes to write about, and new scholars to meet. Members of our faculty have held many residential fellowships, some of which are highlighted here.
April 1, 2015
Conversation and reading with Elizabeth Strout and Allan Gurganus at the Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. SE).
March 26, 2015
With Cary Hatch '78, CEO of MDB Communications. At Riggs Alumni Center. 
March 23, 2015
 Vanessa Harding will present "Bibliography, Autobiography, and History: Richard Smyth of London (1590-1675)" in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jeefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
March 20, 2015
At the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol St. NE)
March 10, 2015
Danish writer Christian Jungersen will read and discuss his novel You Disappear with European Reference Librarian Taru Spiegel. This event is free and open to the public. Books sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division, and presented in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy. Location: Dining Room A, sixth floor, James Madison Building Contact: (202) 707-5394
March 3, 2015
Brando Skyhorse will be reading in a free, open event at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). He is the author of the debut novel The Madonnas of Echo Park and the literary memoir Take This Man.
March 2, 2015
Calling all English majors! The Department is working on new recruitment efforts and wants YOUR help! Show other students what makes English the best major at UMD.
March 2, 2015
Events and Application Deadlines for the week of March 2 - March 6, 2015.
February 26, 2015
The Poetry and Literature Center will present a series of panels exploring the connections between poetry and literacy. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Location: LJ-119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
February 24, 2015
Location: Rosenwald Room, 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress
March 11, 2015
The African Diaspora Reading group held an event in Tawes this week called, "Selma: The Cinematic Text in the Moment of Ferguson." The event was covered in the Diamondback. 
March 10, 2015
Kari Kraus and her students have helped to create DUST, an alternate-reality game, in partnership with NASA, among others.
March 3, 2015
John Kelly '84, interviewed Department Chair Bill Cohen for an article in the The Washington Post titled, "Lost in TV stories, from ‘House of Cards’ to ‘Game of Thrones.'"
March 2, 2015
The Association of Departments of English, in addition to producing the Job Information List and providing Summer Seminars for chairs and directors, facilitates conversations on the national, regional, and local levels regarding best practices, the state of the profession, and issues that concern faculty, administrators, and students.
February 27, 2015
Carla Peterson was published in the New York Times this month.
February 25, 2015
45 students from Glen Burnie High School visited Tawes Hall in early February to sit in on a model college class. 
February 24, 2015
Congratulations to Randy Ontiveros, who has been selected as a recipient of a 2015 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.
February 23, 2015
When the Conference on College Composition and Communication convenes in Tampa, FL, in March, many faculty members and graduate students will present current research. Some of these presentations refine materials developed in conjunction with the graduate course and conference in fall 2013, "Engendering Rhetorical Power," a collaboration with scholars at Pennsylvania State University.
February 18, 2015
Congratulations to Ann Bracken on the publication of her book, The Altar of Innocence: Poems.
February 18, 2015
Residential fellowships are invaluable to the research and writing of the Department's faculty members. New locations provide new materials to read, new landscapes to write about, and new scholars to meet. Members of our faculty have held many residential fellowships, some of which are highlighted here.