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.

News

May 13, 2015
With alumna Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library (Wisconsin and R).
May 8, 2015
Karen Sloan, an ’81 alumna from the department, shares the many twists and turns her English degree has given her.
May 5, 2015
Jonathan Auerbach was recently quotes in The Moscow Times in an article titled, "Russia's Media Offensive Seen by the West as Real Threat."
May 5, 2015
Two faculty members have been selected for the English department's first Teaching Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty. The recipients of the 2015 awards are Alexandra Calloway and Lyra Hilliard.
April 30, 2015
We are sorry to report that Morris Freedman, professor emeritus and former chair of the English department, passed away on April 27, 2015. He was 94.
April 22, 2015
Stacia Odenwald, a rising senior in Architecture, Planning & Preservation, was recently chosen as a 2015-2016 Philip Merrill Presidential scholar and has named Professor David Wyatt as the faculty mentor who has made the most impact on her academic achievement.
April 21, 2015
Department alum, Jason Reynolds, recently participated in the Creative Arts Teen Summit at the University of Arizona.
April 21, 2015
Following the celebration of Virginia Beauchamp's work at the University, the Greenbelt News Review published an article highlighting Beauchamp's accomplishements.
April 21, 2015
On Thursday, April 16th, the Department held the Writing Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Conference in Tawes Hall.
April 10, 2015
Wakeman has been awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16 -- one of only ten across the campus. Congratulations, Rob!
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.
May 13, 2015
With alumna Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library (Wisconsin and R).
May 8, 2015
Karen Sloan, an ’81 alumna from the department, shares the many twists and turns her English degree has given her.
May 5, 2015
Jonathan Auerbach was recently quotes in The Moscow Times in an article titled, "Russia's Media Offensive Seen by the West as Real Threat."
May 5, 2015
Two faculty members have been selected for the English department's first Teaching Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty. The recipients of the 2015 awards are Alexandra Calloway and Lyra Hilliard.
April 30, 2015
We are sorry to report that Morris Freedman, professor emeritus and former chair of the English department, passed away on April 27, 2015. He was 94.
April 22, 2015
Stacia Odenwald, a rising senior in Architecture, Planning & Preservation, was recently chosen as a 2015-2016 Philip Merrill Presidential scholar and has named Professor David Wyatt as the faculty mentor who has made the most impact on her academic achievement.
April 21, 2015
Department alum, Jason Reynolds, recently participated in the Creative Arts Teen Summit at the University of Arizona.
April 21, 2015
Following the celebration of Virginia Beauchamp's work at the University, the Greenbelt News Review published an article highlighting Beauchamp's accomplishements.
April 21, 2015
On Thursday, April 16th, the Department held the Writing Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Conference in Tawes Hall.
April 10, 2015
Wakeman has been awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-16 -- one of only ten across the campus. Congratulations, Rob!