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 2016-2017 the Center begins the first year of its two-year theme, “Migrations.”  Fall 2016 events associated with this theme include the college-wide initiative Democracy Then and Now, especially ARHU guest Claudia Rankine and English department talks by Ralph Bauer, Shirley Logan, Amy Wan, and Rhondda Thomas, as well as “Disciplinarity Before or As Interdisciplinarity?” the first of our Migrating Disciplines Roundtables.  Spring 2017 will feature the Center conference, “Forming Black Britain: Aesthetics, Itineraries, Diaspora,” March 9-10, 2017, with Petrou Lecturer Caryl Phillips and Keynote Speaker Hazel Carby. 

Other events throughout the year include symposiums, talks, colloquiums, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including on October 14-15, 2016, a visit from the Transatlantic Poetics Working Group and, on April 6-7, 2017, the conference "Women, Rhetoric, Writing."

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Migrations" in 2016-17 and 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Fri Dec 9

3:00 PM

Wed Dec 21

11:30 AM
Dekelboum Hall, The Clarice

Fri Jan 27

Fri Feb 10

Fri Feb 17

Wed Feb 22

Fri Feb 24

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Fri Mar 3

Fri Mar 17

Thu Apr 6

9:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 7

9:00 AM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Fri Apr 14

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

Thu Apr 20

Fri Apr 21

Fri Apr 28

Sat Apr 29

10:00 AM

Wed May 3

Fri May 5

3:00 PM
3132 Tawes

News

December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 8, 2016
The University Sustainability Fund has approximately $390,000 available this year for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at University of Maryland.   The final deadline for applications is Sunday, January 15.  Projects can receive funding for $2,000 or more.  If you need less than $2,000 for your project, you may apply for a Sustainability Fund Mini-Grant.  Since 2011, more than $1,500,000 has been granted to 90 sustainability projects including Terp Farm, the Sphagnum Moss Water Treatment System at Eppley Recreation Center, the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), campus lighting upgrades, rain gardens, and research projects. 
December 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Ralph Bauer who has been elected by the Executive Committee of the Society of Early Americanists as the incoming Executive Coordinator of the Society. Ralph will serve a two-year term, 2017-19, as Executive Coordinator, then as Vice President, 2019-21, and then as President of the Society, 2021-23.  
December 6, 2016
Stanley Plumly published his most recent poetry collection Against Sunset. Of the collection, David Wojahn writes, "This degree of artistry is sadly rare in contemporary poetry, and it allows [Plumly] to bear, always with nobility, the losses and rueful reckonings that are forced upon us in our twilight years."
December 3, 2016
This year the University of Maryland Charity Campaign is asking for your support and generosity...
December 2, 2016
Brian Richardson presented a paper on “The Problem with Postmodernism” at the ALSCW conference at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in October. His article, “The Difference of Fiction,” is being published in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, edited by Brian Schiff (Oxford). A Chinese translation of his co-authored volume, Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates has just been published by Beijing Normal University Press.
December 2, 2016
Danuta Hinc chaired two Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures panels at the 2016 South Central MLA Conference in Dallas, TX in November.
December 2, 2016
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump." 
December 2, 2016
Kellie Robertson has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Penn Literature and Science Series (University of Pennsylvania Press). She has also joined the editorial advisory board of The Sewanee Review. In November, she presented her research at the Oecologies seminar in Vancouver, BC, giving a talk entitled “Ecologies of Scale.”
December 2, 2016
Maggie Ellen Ray's article "John Taylor and the Ghost of Long Meg of Westminster: Authorship and Poetic Authority in The Womens Sharpe Revenge,” was recently published in Studies in Philology 113.4 (Fall 2016). The article examines the links between the works in John Taylor's Folio and the pseudonymous defense of women titled "The Womens Sharpe Revenge," arguing not only for Taylor's authorship of the defense text but also that he uses the figure of the marginal women throughout his literary corpus to establish his own poetic authority.
November 22, 2016
Jhumpa Lahiri will  visit The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall Auditorium.
November 22, 2016
That time of the year is here! Share-A-Bear (Or Any New Stuffed Animal)!
November 18, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM, EDT. Qualifications only (not proposals).
November 18, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, November 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Drs. Holly Peppe and Tim Jackson will  discuss their recent edited collection: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition.”
November 2, 2016
It is that time of the year when we all have the opportunity to help out thousands of fellow citizens, animals and the environment in the state of Maryland who are going through tough times. 
November 1, 2016
The Opening Reception for The Stamp Gallery's latest exhibiton Black Maths is Free and Open to the Public and will take place Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
October 27, 2016
The Tournées Film Festival will run from October 27 to December 8 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Films will be shown every Thursday (with the exception of 11/24), followed by a guest lecture from a UMD Professor. For more information click here.
October 21, 2016
The Modernities Working Group will present a lecture and discussion by narrative theorist, literary critic, film scholar, and media studies icon Garrett Stewart (U of Iowa). The event will take place Monday, October 24th, from 12:30-2 pm, in Lannan Center (New North 408), at Georgetown University.  
September 2, 2016
Sept. 9 at 3:30 pm: "From Bacon to Edges: Remediating the Early Modern Social Network"
April 21, 2016
With Professor Mortimer Sellers, Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall at 3:30 PM
December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 8, 2016
The University Sustainability Fund has approximately $390,000 available this year for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at University of Maryland.   The final deadline for applications is Sunday, January 15.  Projects can receive funding for $2,000 or more.  If you need less than $2,000 for your project, you may apply for a Sustainability Fund Mini-Grant.  Since 2011, more than $1,500,000 has been granted to 90 sustainability projects including Terp Farm, the Sphagnum Moss Water Treatment System at Eppley Recreation Center, the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), campus lighting upgrades, rain gardens, and research projects. 
December 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Ralph Bauer who has been elected by the Executive Committee of the Society of Early Americanists as the incoming Executive Coordinator of the Society. Ralph will serve a two-year term, 2017-19, as Executive Coordinator, then as Vice President, 2019-21, and then as President of the Society, 2021-23.  
December 6, 2016
Stanley Plumly published his most recent poetry collection Against Sunset. Of the collection, David Wojahn writes, "This degree of artistry is sadly rare in contemporary poetry, and it allows [Plumly] to bear, always with nobility, the losses and rueful reckonings that are forced upon us in our twilight years."
December 3, 2016
This year the University of Maryland Charity Campaign is asking for your support and generosity...
December 2, 2016
Brian Richardson presented a paper on “The Problem with Postmodernism” at the ALSCW conference at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in October. His article, “The Difference of Fiction,” is being published in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, edited by Brian Schiff (Oxford). A Chinese translation of his co-authored volume, Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates has just been published by Beijing Normal University Press.
December 2, 2016
Danuta Hinc chaired two Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures panels at the 2016 South Central MLA Conference in Dallas, TX in November.
December 2, 2016
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump." 
December 2, 2016
Kellie Robertson has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Penn Literature and Science Series (University of Pennsylvania Press). She has also joined the editorial advisory board of The Sewanee Review. In November, she presented her research at the Oecologies seminar in Vancouver, BC, giving a talk entitled “Ecologies of Scale.”
December 2, 2016
Maggie Ellen Ray's article "John Taylor and the Ghost of Long Meg of Westminster: Authorship and Poetic Authority in The Womens Sharpe Revenge,” was recently published in Studies in Philology 113.4 (Fall 2016). The article examines the links between the works in John Taylor's Folio and the pseudonymous defense of women titled "The Womens Sharpe Revenge," arguing not only for Taylor's authorship of the defense text but also that he uses the figure of the marginal women throughout his literary corpus to establish his own poetic authority.