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 2016-2017 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, “Migrations.”  Fall 2016 events associated with this theme include the college-wide initiative Democracy Then and Now, especially ARHU guest Claudia Rankine and English department talks by Ralph Bauer, Shirley Logan, Amy Wan, and Rhondda Thomas, as well as “Disciplinarity Before or As Interdisciplinarity?” the first of our Migrating Disciplines Roundtables.  Spring 2017 will feature the Center conference, “Forming Black Britain: Aesthetics, Itineraries, Diaspora,” March 9-10, 2017, with Petrou Lecturer Caryl Phillips and Keynote Speaker Hazel Carby. 

Other events throughout the year include symposiums, talks, colloquiums, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including on October 14-15, 2016, a visit from the Transatlantic Poetics Working Group and, on April 6-7, 2017, the conference "Women, Rhetoric, Writing."

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Migrations" in 2016-17 and 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Wed Sep 7

9:30 AM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall
4:00 PM
2203 Art-Soc Building

Thu Sep 8

3:30 PM
Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Fri Sep 9

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Wed Sep 14

3:00 PM
Memorial Chapel, 7600 Baltimore Ave.

Mon Sep 19

3:30 PM
1250 Biology-Psychology Building

Fri Sep 23

Fri Sep 30

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Mon Oct 3

4:00 PM

Tue Oct 4

3:30 PM

Wed Oct 5

Fri Oct 7

12:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

Thu Oct 13

3:30 PM
Knight Hall's Eaton Theater

Sat Oct 15

10:00 AM

Wed Oct 19

3:30 PM

Thu Oct 20

4:00 PM
Lobby of the Physical Sciences Complex

Mon Oct 24

Fri Oct 28

9:00 AM
St. Mary's Hall (Language House)
3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Tue Nov 1

4:00 PM

Fri Nov 11

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Fri Dec 9

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Fri Jan 27

Fri Feb 10

Fri Feb 17

Fri Feb 24

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Fri Mar 3

Fri Mar 17

Thu Apr 6

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

Fri Apr 7

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

Fri Apr 14

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Thu Apr 20

Fri Apr 21

Fri Apr 28

Sat Apr 29

10:00 AM

Wed May 3

Fri May 5

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

News

August 23, 2016
Mary Helen Washington named Distinguished University Professor. Continue reading to learn more. 
August 23, 2016
Neil Fraistat receives the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize. Continue reading to learn more. 
August 23, 2016
Elle magazine recently recognized the English Department’s course Literature by Women of Color in its list of the 63 most compelling courses that examine the female experience.
August 11, 2016
Join us in congratulating Katherine Stanutz who has been selected as a 2016 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow. The fellowship offers an exciting opportunity for Katherine to participate in a faculty learning community that will investigate Academic Integrity and Student Learning for the 2016-2017 academic year. Thank you Katherine for being so committed to our students and undergraduate education.
August 4, 2016
George, who double-majored in English and Marketing, offered her commencement address at the campus ceremony in May. She capped her comments with the charge, "The world should be a better place because we are in it."
July 28, 2016
Alumna Simone Drake, who received her PhD in 2007, recently published When We Imagine Grace.
July 28, 2016
Congratulations to Scott Eklund, winner of the College of Arts & Humanities 2016 Staff Award!
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.
July 21, 2016
The MFA faculty have works forthcoming this year and next.
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.
August 23, 2016
Mary Helen Washington named Distinguished University Professor. Continue reading to learn more. 
August 23, 2016
Neil Fraistat receives the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize. Continue reading to learn more. 
August 23, 2016
Elle magazine recently recognized the English Department’s course Literature by Women of Color in its list of the 63 most compelling courses that examine the female experience.
August 11, 2016
Join us in congratulating Katherine Stanutz who has been selected as a 2016 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow. The fellowship offers an exciting opportunity for Katherine to participate in a faculty learning community that will investigate Academic Integrity and Student Learning for the 2016-2017 academic year. Thank you Katherine for being so committed to our students and undergraduate education.
August 4, 2016
George, who double-majored in English and Marketing, offered her commencement address at the campus ceremony in May. She capped her comments with the charge, "The world should be a better place because we are in it."
July 28, 2016
Alumna Simone Drake, who received her PhD in 2007, recently published When We Imagine Grace.
July 28, 2016
Congratulations to Scott Eklund, winner of the College of Arts & Humanities 2016 Staff Award!
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.
July 21, 2016
The MFA faculty have works forthcoming this year and next.