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); and the Center Symposium, "In Play: Games, Aesthetics, Performance" (March 4, 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

Tue Aug 25

12:00 PM
Second Floor Lobby and 2115 Tawes Hall

Thu Aug 27

6:30 PM

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3:30 PM

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Mon Sep 21

Tue Sep 29

5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall

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5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall

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6:30 PM
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3:30 PM
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6:30 PM
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9:00 AM

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6:30 PM
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Tue Mar 29

5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall

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5:00 PM
English Undergraduate Lounge, 1134 Tawes Hall

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6:30 PM
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News

July 23, 2015
Research builds upon work Trudell presented as part of "Sound+" conference held at UMD in spring 2014. 
July 2, 2015
Provost Rankin's announcement follows, and lauds Cohen's achievements as a scholar, teacher, and administrator.
June 9, 2015
Brian Richardson delivered a talk on “Unnatural Narrative: Theory and Ideology” at the International Narrative Conference in Chicago in March. In May, he gave an invited lecture at the University of Braunschweig on “The Use and Abuse of Reading in Twentieth century Fiction.” In June, he spoke on “Dubious Readings and Dangerous Allusions in the Fiction of Mansfield and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife.’” His article, “Social Minds, Natural and Unnatural: ‘We’ and ‘They’ Narratives in Fiction and Nonfiction,” appears in the current issue of Narrative (23.2). His review of Brian Artese’s Testimony on Trial: Conrad, James, and the Contest for Modernism appears in the current issue of Conradiana and an expanded version of his talk, “Fictional Minds: Natural and Unnatural,” appears on the Narrative Matters 2014 Conference Proceedings website, Récit et Savoir.
June 9, 2015
Martha Nell Smith was invited to speak about her biography of Susan Dickinson on a “Writing about Writers” panel at the Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., 6 June 2015. Keep reading for more updates! 
June 9, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently presented the following papers: “Latin Poetics and Jone Donne: ‘I Finde Myself Scattered.’ ” The Classical Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol, U.K., April 13, 2015. “Lacrimae Rerum: Wilder, Vergil and the Tears of the World.” Second International Thornton Wilder Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., June 12, 2015.
June 4, 2015
Emily Mitchell's book of short stories Viral will be published on June 29th. She will be giving two readings in the DC area in July, one at Kramer Books in Dupont Circle on July 13th and one at Bethesda Writers' Center, with short-story writer Lauren Acampora, on July 19th. She has also had two short stories from the collection published in May: "Guided Meditation" in Alaska Quarterly Review and "A Boy My Sister Dated" in Guernica.
June 4, 2015
On May 18, 2015, Michael Olmert lectured to students from the St. Michael's, MD., middle school on the material culture of the 18th Century. This was a new venture, trying to introduce kids to the joys of local history and of museums. The lecture covered the working and social lives and the tools and techniques used everyday by whites, blacks, men, women, and children in early Easton. The course was held in some original late-18th and early-19th century buildings on the Talbot Historic Society campus and in its ornamental garden, which was once a teeming out-door furniture-making operation. Topics covered were architecture, brickwork, townscape planning, food, market-days, and tools.  Olmert is a member of the board of the Talbot County Historical Society. Three other members of the board participated in the course as well.
June 3, 2015
Bob Levine spoke at Vanderbilt in May on “The Canon and the Survey: An Anthologist’s Perspective"; his talk will be published later this year in J19. In late June he will be giving a talk on his edition-in-progress of Melville's Pierre at the International Melville Conference in Tokyo.
June 3, 2015
Joshua Weiner's essay on Gottfried Benn appeared in the spring issue of Threepenny Review. His presentation at the AWP Conference in Minneapolis on Thomas McGrath appears as an essay at B O D Y where he also has a new poem, 'Canto.'He was interviewed by BBC Radio 3 for a documentary on Thom Gunn, narrated by Colm Tóibín.'Simile'--a poem about language and police brutality--appears on the Split This Rock blog.In October, he will be a research associate at the IES Institute's Berlin Centre.
June 3, 2015
In May, Matthew Kirschenbaum delivered keynotes at two international conferences, one at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the other at National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also lectured recently at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for 21st Century Studies and gave a paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Montreal.
April 15, 2015
Reading, Signing, and Q&A with Ruben Castaneda, former Washington Post crime reporter and author of S Street Rising, a work of nonfiction and memoir that chronicles the scope and violence of DC's crack epidemic. Held at Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001) on Sunday, April 26th at 8pm.
April 2, 2015
Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110. The speakers will be Professors Michael Kimmage (Catholic University), Marco Mariano (Piemonte Orientale), and Saverio Giovacchini (University of Maryland) Professor Jeffrey Herf will serve as chair.  Professor Thomas Zeller will provide comments.
April 1, 2015
Conversation and reading with Elizabeth Strout and Allan Gurganus at the Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. SE).
April 1, 2015
ASY 2203 with Dr Kristine Stiles of Duke University
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.
July 23, 2015
Research builds upon work Trudell presented as part of "Sound+" conference held at UMD in spring 2014. 
July 2, 2015
Provost Rankin's announcement follows, and lauds Cohen's achievements as a scholar, teacher, and administrator.
June 9, 2015
Brian Richardson delivered a talk on “Unnatural Narrative: Theory and Ideology” at the International Narrative Conference in Chicago in March. In May, he gave an invited lecture at the University of Braunschweig on “The Use and Abuse of Reading in Twentieth century Fiction.” In June, he spoke on “Dubious Readings and Dangerous Allusions in the Fiction of Mansfield and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife.’” His article, “Social Minds, Natural and Unnatural: ‘We’ and ‘They’ Narratives in Fiction and Nonfiction,” appears in the current issue of Narrative (23.2). His review of Brian Artese’s Testimony on Trial: Conrad, James, and the Contest for Modernism appears in the current issue of Conradiana and an expanded version of his talk, “Fictional Minds: Natural and Unnatural,” appears on the Narrative Matters 2014 Conference Proceedings website, Récit et Savoir.
June 9, 2015
Martha Nell Smith was invited to speak about her biography of Susan Dickinson on a “Writing about Writers” panel at the Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., 6 June 2015. Keep reading for more updates! 
June 9, 2015
Stephen Rojcewicz, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, has recently presented the following papers: “Latin Poetics and Jone Donne: ‘I Finde Myself Scattered.’ ” The Classical Association Annual Conference, University of Bristol, U.K., April 13, 2015. “Lacrimae Rerum: Wilder, Vergil and the Tears of the World.” Second International Thornton Wilder Conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., June 12, 2015.
June 4, 2015
Emily Mitchell's book of short stories Viral will be published on June 29th. She will be giving two readings in the DC area in July, one at Kramer Books in Dupont Circle on July 13th and one at Bethesda Writers' Center, with short-story writer Lauren Acampora, on July 19th. She has also had two short stories from the collection published in May: "Guided Meditation" in Alaska Quarterly Review and "A Boy My Sister Dated" in Guernica.
June 4, 2015
On May 18, 2015, Michael Olmert lectured to students from the St. Michael's, MD., middle school on the material culture of the 18th Century. This was a new venture, trying to introduce kids to the joys of local history and of museums. The lecture covered the working and social lives and the tools and techniques used everyday by whites, blacks, men, women, and children in early Easton. The course was held in some original late-18th and early-19th century buildings on the Talbot Historic Society campus and in its ornamental garden, which was once a teeming out-door furniture-making operation. Topics covered were architecture, brickwork, townscape planning, food, market-days, and tools.  Olmert is a member of the board of the Talbot County Historical Society. Three other members of the board participated in the course as well.
June 3, 2015
Bob Levine spoke at Vanderbilt in May on “The Canon and the Survey: An Anthologist’s Perspective"; his talk will be published later this year in J19. In late June he will be giving a talk on his edition-in-progress of Melville's Pierre at the International Melville Conference in Tokyo.
June 3, 2015
Joshua Weiner's essay on Gottfried Benn appeared in the spring issue of Threepenny Review. His presentation at the AWP Conference in Minneapolis on Thomas McGrath appears as an essay at B O D Y where he also has a new poem, 'Canto.'He was interviewed by BBC Radio 3 for a documentary on Thom Gunn, narrated by Colm Tóibín.'Simile'--a poem about language and police brutality--appears on the Split This Rock blog.In October, he will be a research associate at the IES Institute's Berlin Centre.
June 3, 2015
In May, Matthew Kirschenbaum delivered keynotes at two international conferences, one at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the other at National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also lectured recently at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for 21st Century Studies and gave a paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Montreal.