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 2019-20 the Center continues with the second year of its two-year theme, "Resistance."  

Fall 2019 highlights include the ASAP 2019 Conference: Ecologies of the Present, which features three Petrou lectures to anchor the proceedings. The first Petrou speaker, Lauren Berlant, will present work on Thursday, October 10. The second, Chris Abani, will speak on Friday, October 11. To finish the conference and to offer the final Petrou lecture, Alex Rivera will discuss recent research on Saturday, October 12. CLCS joins BookLab and the University Libraries in hosting the American Printing History Association Meeting on October 25-27. Book launches for Mark Fitzgerald, Michael Collier, Ralph Bauer, and Jessica Enoch round out the special offerings for the fall semester.

Spring 2020 will feature a conference on April 17 to celebrate the career of Distinguished University Professor Neil Fraistat, Techno-Romanticism Now.

Other events throughout the year include symposia, talks, colloquia, book launches, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including, on February 25, 2020, a symposium Poetic Form: Refuge & Resistance, and the acclaimed Writers Here and Now series.  Local Americanists, Marshall Grossman Series, Eighteenth Century Reading Group, and Transatlantic Studies all have robust schedules planned, as do those organizing colloquia in Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, and Digital Studies.

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Resistance" in 2020 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Wed Sep 18

Sat Sep 21

7:30 PM
UMD Memorial Chapel

Mon Sep 23

5:00 PM

Tue Sep 24

Wed Sep 25

4:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

Thu Sep 26

3:00 PM

Fri Sep 27

11:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall

Sat Sep 28

Mon Sep 30

5:00 PM
McKeldin Library, Room 2111

Thu Oct 3

2:00 PM
Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, Room 1309 (ESJ 1309)
3:30 PM
Tawes Hall

Mon Oct 7

11:00 AM
McKeldin Library, Room 2111

Thu Oct 10

8:30 AM
5:30 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Mon Oct 14

11:00 AM
5:00 PM

Tue Oct 15

Wed Oct 16

Fri Oct 18

3:00 PM

Mon Oct 21

11:00 AM

Wed Oct 23

3:30 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

Sat Oct 26

Sun Oct 27

Mon Oct 28

11:00 AM
McKeldin Library, Room 2111

Fri Nov 1

3:00 PM

Mon Nov 4

5:00 PM
McKeldin Library, Room 2111

Fri Nov 8

3:00 PM

Mon Nov 11

11:00 AM
2115 Tawes

Wed Nov 13

3:30 PM
3:30 PM

Fri Nov 22

3:00 PM

Wed Dec 4

3:30 PM
7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Jan 31

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Fri Feb 7

3:00 PM

Wed Feb 12

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Feb 14

3:00 PM

Fri Feb 21

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Tue Feb 25

Fri Feb 28

3:00 PM

Fri Mar 6

3:00 PM

Wed Mar 11

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Mar 27

Wed Apr 1

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Fri Apr 3

3:00 PM

Fri Apr 10

5:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Sat Apr 25

10:00 AM

Fri May 1

3:00 PM

Fri May 8

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

Thu Jul 16

Fri Mar 26

9:00 AM
TBD Tawes Hall

News

September 13, 2019
April Fuller and Laurel Bassett's "Got Gout? Eighteenth-Century Global 'Remedies' in Mary Kettilby’s Receipt Book" has bee published by the Folger Library's The Collation. Read the article here.
September 13, 2019
Justin Thompson will be presenting work at the Ecology and Religion in the Nineteenth Century virtual conference, a collaboration between Georgetown Univeristy, Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Washington, and Lancaster University (UK). His paper is entitled, "Evangelic Erasures: Louisa Atkinson and Indigenous Bodies".
September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
First year graduate student, Claudia Rojas (MFA, Poetry), has been selected for the 2019 Writer's Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers.  The award is presented to one poet and one short story writer for three cycles of Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. To learn more about the award and Writer's Relief visit the Writer's Relief website.
September 12, 2019
Elizabeth Benton’s “From Nostalgia to Student Success: A Professor’s Journey with Open Education Resources” was published in August in Teachers College Record.
September 12, 2019
A new poem by Joshua Weiner led off the summer prose poem issue at the online journal B O D Y, which also ran his review of Tom Pickard's Fiends Fell journal.  You can read them here.He was interviewed by Thomas Whyte in June.  You can read the short interview here.Joshua also read poems by Bertolt Brecht at an evening devoted to his work sponsored by the Goethe-Institut of Washington D.C.  You can read about it here.
September 12, 2019
Professor Emeritus Kent Cartwright presented a paper on “Forgiveness in Shakespeare's Comedies” at the biannual meeting of the Italian English Studies Association on September 6 at the University of Padua.  The paper was part of his ongoing book project on Shakespearean comedy.
September 12, 2019
Konstantinos Pozoukidis will be presenting his paper "Emma at Crossroads: Modernity and the Remains of History" at the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS) in  Gettysburg, PA, October 24 – 26, 2019
September 12, 2019
Randy Ontiveros’s essay “Between Water and Song: Maria Melendez and the Contours of Contemporary Latinx Ecopoetry” is set for release on November 1 in the edited collection Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (Temple UP).
September 12, 2019
Tom Earles's article, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Asynchronous Online Tutoring," will appear in the forthcoming issue of Research in Online Literacy Education.
February 8, 2019
Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will feature Kelly Cresap and others to honor Valentine's Day.
November 19, 2018
Free screening of "Wild Nights with Emily" at 5 pm, followed by "Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings" featuring Jen Bervin & Martha Nell Smith at 7:30 pm.
October 18, 2018
Lindsay Bernal will read from What It Doesn't Have to Do With on October 21 in DC and October 22 in Baltimore.
October 2, 2018
Join the University Libraries on Monday, October 15 for the Fall 2018 Open House. 
May 6, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading his Trumpoems on SUNDAY, May 6th, 6:00 PM at Bridge Street Books with DAVID GEWANTER in celebration of the publication of Gewanter's fourth book, FORT NECESSITY, just out from the University of Chicago Press.
April 23, 2018
Friday, 27 April, Francis Scott Key Hall Room 0106, 9 am. The reception will be in the Merrill Room (Key 2120)Please contact Gail Russell at gruss@umd.edu with any special parking requests or dietary considerations.
April 10, 2018
MFA Coordinator and recent winner of the National Poetry Series competition Lindsay Bernal and MFA Alumna Emily Flamm will read, along with Frank Montesonti and Jake Syersak. 
March 6, 2018
4:30 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1100 Cambridge Community CenterKate Starbird, assistant professor at University of Washington and expert on informatics, will share how alternative narratives of crisis information spread, creating confusion and clouding judgment.
March 6, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018 — 1:30–4:45 p.m., with reception following. Sponsored by the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity. Free and open to the public.
February 21, 2018
Carlos Gamerro will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 PM in St. Mary's Hall Multipurpose Room. [...]
September 13, 2019
April Fuller and Laurel Bassett's "Got Gout? Eighteenth-Century Global 'Remedies' in Mary Kettilby’s Receipt Book" has bee published by the Folger Library's The Collation. Read the article here.
September 13, 2019
Justin Thompson will be presenting work at the Ecology and Religion in the Nineteenth Century virtual conference, a collaboration between Georgetown Univeristy, Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Washington, and Lancaster University (UK). His paper is entitled, "Evangelic Erasures: Louisa Atkinson and Indigenous Bodies".
September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
First year graduate student, Claudia Rojas (MFA, Poetry), has been selected for the 2019 Writer's Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers.  The award is presented to one poet and one short story writer for three cycles of Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. To learn more about the award and Writer's Relief visit the Writer's Relief website.
September 12, 2019
Elizabeth Benton’s “From Nostalgia to Student Success: A Professor’s Journey with Open Education Resources” was published in August in Teachers College Record.
September 12, 2019
A new poem by Joshua Weiner led off the summer prose poem issue at the online journal B O D Y, which also ran his review of Tom Pickard's Fiends Fell journal.  You can read them here.He was interviewed by Thomas Whyte in June.  You can read the short interview here.Joshua also read poems by Bertolt Brecht at an evening devoted to his work sponsored by the Goethe-Institut of Washington D.C.  You can read about it here.
September 12, 2019
Professor Emeritus Kent Cartwright presented a paper on “Forgiveness in Shakespeare's Comedies” at the biannual meeting of the Italian English Studies Association on September 6 at the University of Padua.  The paper was part of his ongoing book project on Shakespearean comedy.
September 12, 2019
Konstantinos Pozoukidis will be presenting his paper "Emma at Crossroads: Modernity and the Remains of History" at the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC/ASECS) in  Gettysburg, PA, October 24 – 26, 2019
September 12, 2019
Randy Ontiveros’s essay “Between Water and Song: Maria Melendez and the Contours of Contemporary Latinx Ecopoetry” is set for release on November 1 in the edited collection Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (Temple UP).
September 12, 2019
Tom Earles's article, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Asynchronous Online Tutoring," will appear in the forthcoming issue of Research in Online Literacy Education.