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 Dec 18

Wed Dec 19

11:30 AM
The Clarice, Dekelboum Hall

Wed Feb 13

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Thu Feb 21

Fri Feb 22

3:00 PM

Thu Feb 28

Sat Mar 9

9:00 AM

Wed Mar 13

7:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Tue Mar 26

Wed Apr 10

7:00 PM

Thu Apr 18

Fri Apr 26

Tue Apr 30

Fri May 3

10:00 AM
Tawes Hall

News

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. 
December 4, 2018
Need a quiet study space to prepare for final exams or to work on final papers? Click here to learn about spaces near you.
November 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 Bywords Newsletter is now available. Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements here. 
November 26, 2018
Programs supported include conferences, workshops, lectures, and more, and will be organized by graduate students, professional track faculty, and tenure track faculty.
November 20, 2018
Jonathan Williams published a piece titled "Thomas Gray's Elegy and the Politics of Memorialization" in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol. 58 no. 3 (Summer 2018).
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 20, 2018
Nabila received the Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research and her story, "A Woman from Al-Tall Nourishes Faith, Family and Education," was recently featured in UMD GradTerp Magazine.
November 20, 2018
Last October Orrin Wang gave one of the plenaries at the annual International Conference on Romanticism in Greenville, SC.  The title of his keynote address was "Dream Animals: Kant, Hegel, Keats."  Earlier that month, Wang also presented a paper at the Tax of Quick Alarm Bicentennial Romanticism Symposium at George Mason University; the title of that talk was "The Gothic Zany." 
November 20, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Comparative Literature PhD alumnus, is now on the advisory board of a new journal, The Thornton Wilder Journal, to be published by Pennsylvania State University Press. 
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 20, 2018
Mock Turtle has a new home at MilkBoy ArtHouse! We are thrilled about this new partnership with a venue that not only provides a gorgeous space but also strives to foster the arts on campus and around College Park. Our first reading is this Saturday, and we would love to see you there. Details below: 
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. 
December 4, 2018
Need a quiet study space to prepare for final exams or to work on final papers? Click here to learn about spaces near you.
November 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 Bywords Newsletter is now available. Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements here. 
November 26, 2018
Programs supported include conferences, workshops, lectures, and more, and will be organized by graduate students, professional track faculty, and tenure track faculty.
November 20, 2018
Jonathan Williams published a piece titled "Thomas Gray's Elegy and the Politics of Memorialization" in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol. 58 no. 3 (Summer 2018).
November 20, 2018
Justin Lohr and PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Elon University Heather Lindenman were recently published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
November 20, 2018
Nabila received the Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research and her story, "A Woman from Al-Tall Nourishes Faith, Family and Education," was recently featured in UMD GradTerp Magazine.
November 20, 2018
Last October Orrin Wang gave one of the plenaries at the annual International Conference on Romanticism in Greenville, SC.  The title of his keynote address was "Dream Animals: Kant, Hegel, Keats."  Earlier that month, Wang also presented a paper at the Tax of Quick Alarm Bicentennial Romanticism Symposium at George Mason University; the title of that talk was "The Gothic Zany." 
November 20, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Comparative Literature PhD alumnus, is now on the advisory board of a new journal, The Thornton Wilder Journal, to be published by Pennsylvania State University Press.