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 2018-19 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, "Resistance."  

Fall 2018 events associated with this theme include the Petrou lecture (October 23, 2018) and polyseminar (October 24, 2018) given by Viet Thenh Nguyen; events associated with FrankenReads to celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and participation in the National Day on Writing. In addition, on November 15, 2018, the department celebrates Distinguished Scholar Teacher Merle Collins.

Spring 2019 will feature a conference on April 25-26, 2019 to celebrate the career of Distinguished University Professor Mary Helen Washington, Genealogies & Futures of Black Aesthetics. The Department of English joins with the Department of Communication to host the Rhetoric Society of America's summer institute from June 3 to June 8, 2018; the workshops and seminars focus on  Archives, Diversity, Memory, Politics, and Protest.

Other events throughout the year include symposia, talks, colloquia, book launches, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including, on October 12, 2018, a workshop on Stasis Theory and the acclaimed Writers Here and Now series. 

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 2019-20 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Fri Aug 30

Fri Sep 6

3:00 PM

Thu Sep 12

3:30 PM

Fri Sep 13

3:00 PM

Wed Sep 18

7:00 PM

Tue Sep 24

Fri Sep 27

11:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall

Thu Oct 10

8:30 AM

Tue Oct 15

Wed Oct 16

Fri Oct 18

3:00 PM

Wed Oct 23

Fri Nov 1

3:00 PM

Fri Nov 8

3:00 PM

Mon Nov 11

11:00 AM
2115 Tawes

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

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

Fri May 1

3:00 PM

Fri May 8

3:00 PM
1123 Tawes Hall

News

July 22, 2019
Danielle Gillis graduated from the University of Maryland with her Bachelor’s degree in both English and Journalism and a minor in Black Women’s Studies. She currently works as an associate producer for WJZ-TV, the local CBS news station in Baltimore.
July 11, 2019
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has won the Carnegie Medal. Acevedo is the first writer of color to recieve the award in the Medal's history. She earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Maryland in 2016.
July 11, 2019
Ross Angellela, Emily Flamm, Heidi Scott, Radford Skudrna, and Dennis Winston have been promoted to Senior Lecturer.  Pamela Gerhardt, Mark Forrester, and Caroline Wilkins have been promoted to Principal Lecturer. Candidates for appointment to the rank of Senior Lecturer must demonstrate a sustained record of exemplary teaching and exhibit promise in the areas of research, service, mentoring, and/or program development. 
July 10, 2019
If you’ve ever wondered why popular publications such as The Diamondback never seem to highlight the creative activities that permeate throughout the University, the answer is quite simple. You’ve been looking at the wrong source for your daily dose of creative content!
July 8, 2019
Jeana DelRosso received her Masters in English from the University of Maryland in 1993 and her Ph.D in 2000. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 1998. Dr. DelRosso currently works as a professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. In this interview, she shares her experience as someone with a degree in English, and offers some advice for English majors.
June 11, 2019
Tyler Mills, a 2008 MFA alumna, has won the 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award for her chapbook of poems entitled The City Scattered. 
May 29, 2019
Andrew Katz's paper, which focuses on the culture around a method of investing that was new in the 19th century, known as speculation, in the U.S. and U.K. through literature, was recently accepted to several conferences and professional research competitions. His work was recognized at Stanford’s SRC as the top presentation in a qualitative social science.
May 29, 2019
Several faculty members have been recently promoted.
May 28, 2019
Please see below the winners of the 32nd Annual Professional Writing Contest.
May 28, 2019
ACLS Fellow Professor Gerard Passannante has also been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his project "God is in the Detail: Cosmic Order and the Sense of Scale."  
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. [...]
July 22, 2019
Danielle Gillis graduated from the University of Maryland with her Bachelor’s degree in both English and Journalism and a minor in Black Women’s Studies. She currently works as an associate producer for WJZ-TV, the local CBS news station in Baltimore.
July 11, 2019
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has won the Carnegie Medal. Acevedo is the first writer of color to recieve the award in the Medal's history. She earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Maryland in 2016.
July 11, 2019
Ross Angellela, Emily Flamm, Heidi Scott, Radford Skudrna, and Dennis Winston have been promoted to Senior Lecturer.  Pamela Gerhardt, Mark Forrester, and Caroline Wilkins have been promoted to Principal Lecturer. Candidates for appointment to the rank of Senior Lecturer must demonstrate a sustained record of exemplary teaching and exhibit promise in the areas of research, service, mentoring, and/or program development. 
July 10, 2019
If you’ve ever wondered why popular publications such as The Diamondback never seem to highlight the creative activities that permeate throughout the University, the answer is quite simple. You’ve been looking at the wrong source for your daily dose of creative content!
July 8, 2019
Jeana DelRosso received her Masters in English from the University of Maryland in 1993 and her Ph.D in 2000. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 1998. Dr. DelRosso currently works as a professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. In this interview, she shares her experience as someone with a degree in English, and offers some advice for English majors.
June 11, 2019
Tyler Mills, a 2008 MFA alumna, has won the 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award for her chapbook of poems entitled The City Scattered. 
May 29, 2019
Andrew Katz's paper, which focuses on the culture around a method of investing that was new in the 19th century, known as speculation, in the U.S. and U.K. through literature, was recently accepted to several conferences and professional research competitions. His work was recognized at Stanford’s SRC as the top presentation in a qualitative social science.
May 29, 2019
Several faculty members have been recently promoted.
May 28, 2019
Please see below the winners of the 32nd Annual Professional Writing Contest.
May 28, 2019
ACLS Fellow Professor Gerard Passannante has also been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his project "God is in the Detail: Cosmic Order and the Sense of Scale."