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

Tue Feb 19

Wed Feb 20

Thu Feb 21

Fri Feb 22

Tue Feb 26

Thu Feb 28

Sat Mar 9

9:00 AM

Mon Mar 11

3:30 PM
Tawes Hall, Room TBD

Wed Mar 13

7:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Tue Apr 2

Wed Apr 10

7:00 PM

Thu Apr 18

Fri Apr 26

Tue Apr 30

Fri May 3

10:00 AM
Tawes Hall

Thu Oct 10

8:30 AM

Wed Dec 4

3:30 PM

News

February 19, 2019
What can Buddhist and Hindu influences offer post-1945 American identities? This volume explores the possibilities in the novels of Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alice Walker, and others.
February 19, 2019
Stewart Foehl's (under pen name Stewart Lewis) new novel "Happily Whatever After" to be published in June 2020. 
February 6, 2019
Assistant Professor Scott Trudell recently guest edited a special issue of Restoration journal. 
February 1, 2019
Academic & Professional Writing in an Age of Accountability grows out of a conference sponsored by the Academic Writing Board in 2014 and features articles by many UMD faculty members. 
January 28, 2019
UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies will host a student-driven performance of Hamlet Replayed and a pre-show lecture by James Hollis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington.
January 8, 2019
Professor Tita Chico has been awarded a Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) from the Graduate School for the academic year 2019-2020.
January 3, 2019
Mal Haselberger and Justin Thompson have each been selected by the Graduate School for an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2018-2019.
January 2, 2019
Faculty presenting current research include Julius Fleming, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Kari Kraus, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, David Carroll Simon, and Edlie Wong.Colleagues from American Studies and Women's Studies will also discuss their research.
December 11, 2018
Martha Nell Smith has two new publications:I dwell in Possibility: Collaborative Emily Dickinson Translation Project. Coedited with Baihua Wang, Fudan University. Sichuan Literature & Art Press, 2017.Everywoman Her Own Theology: Essays On and Interviews With Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Coedited with Julie Enszer. U of Michigan P, with companion web production. Alicia Ostriker is New York State Poet 2018-2020.
December 4, 2018
Current MFA students Temim Fruchter (fiction), Max Lasky (poetry), and Hunter Parsons (poetry) have been announced as nominees for the Association of Writers & Writing Program's Intro Journals Project (2019), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country. 
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. [...]
February 19, 2019
What can Buddhist and Hindu influences offer post-1945 American identities? This volume explores the possibilities in the novels of Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alice Walker, and others.
February 19, 2019
Stewart Foehl's (under pen name Stewart Lewis) new novel "Happily Whatever After" to be published in June 2020. 
February 6, 2019
Assistant Professor Scott Trudell recently guest edited a special issue of Restoration journal. 
February 1, 2019
Academic & Professional Writing in an Age of Accountability grows out of a conference sponsored by the Academic Writing Board in 2014 and features articles by many UMD faculty members. 
January 28, 2019
UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies will host a student-driven performance of Hamlet Replayed and a pre-show lecture by James Hollis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington.
January 8, 2019
Professor Tita Chico has been awarded a Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) from the Graduate School for the academic year 2019-2020.
January 3, 2019
Mal Haselberger and Justin Thompson have each been selected by the Graduate School for an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2018-2019.
January 2, 2019
Faculty presenting current research include Julius Fleming, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Kari Kraus, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, David Carroll Simon, and Edlie Wong.Colleagues from American Studies and Women's Studies will also discuss their research.
December 11, 2018
Martha Nell Smith has two new publications:I dwell in Possibility: Collaborative Emily Dickinson Translation Project. Coedited with Baihua Wang, Fudan University. Sichuan Literature & Art Press, 2017.Everywoman Her Own Theology: Essays On and Interviews With Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Coedited with Julie Enszer. U of Michigan P, with companion web production. Alicia Ostriker is New York State Poet 2018-2020.
December 4, 2018
Current MFA students Temim Fruchter (fiction), Max Lasky (poetry), and Hunter Parsons (poetry) have been announced as nominees for the Association of Writers & Writing Program's Intro Journals Project (2019), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.