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Graduate Studies at Maryland

The Department of English at the University of Maryland offers a PhD program in English Language and Literature, an MA Program with concentrations in literature as well as in Rhetoric and Writing, and an MFA program in poetry and fiction. We also offer a PhD in Comparative Literature. In addition, graduate students are able to earn certifications in Critical Theory and Women’s Studies. With a large and distinguished graduate faculty of over sixty members, the Department is able to provide its graduate students with an extraordinary depth and range of expertise as well as with highly individualized professional and pedagogical mentorship. Each area group, in collaboration with the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and the Graduate English Organization (GEO), contributes to the Department’s vibrant, diverse, and inclusive intellectual life. Particular strengths of the department include early British literature, especially Medieval and Renaissance; American literature; literature of the African diaspora; postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric. Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. In order to maintain its excellent record in professionalization and job placement, the department has a Placement Director and offers publication and dissertation writing workshops every academic year, in addition to a rich choice of graduate courses.

News

May 21, 2018
Congratulations to PhD student Aqdas Aftab who has been awarded the Rodler-Wood Scholarship from LGBT Studies in recognition of their work on decolonial trans and queer studies.
May 21, 2018
Bill Peterson's article "William Pickering and the Quakers" will appear in the June issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. It is an account of the Quaker background (hitherto unknown) of one of the most important English publishers of the nineteenth century.
May 21, 2018
Bob Levine has recently published essays on Frederick Douglass in History Now, the Howard Journal of Communication, and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has essays forthcoming in The New Melville Studies and A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction, both to be published soon by Cambridge UP. He recently gave an invited talk on Hannah Crafts at Indiana University and he's speaking next month at the University of Texas on "What Is the American Literary Tradition: An Editor's Perspective." 
May 21, 2018
Brian Richardson published several pieces: “Experimental Fiction and Narrative Theory,” in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, “The Status of Historical Characters in Drama: Ontological, Aesthetic, Verisimilar” in Letras de Hoje (Brazil); “De la narratologie non naturelle [“On Unnatural Narratology”]” in Introduction à la narratologie postclassique; “Unusual Voices and Multiple Identities” in Pronouns in Literature; “Reale und implizite Autoren” [‘Real and Implied Authors’]” in Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Erzählen; “The Rhetoric of Knowledge and the Rhetoric of Pleasure,” is in the current issue of Style, and an interview with Li Minrui on narrative theory in Foreign Literature Studies (China). He also edited a special issue of the journal, Frontiers of Narrative Studies (Winter 2017).
May 21, 2018
Christopher Suarez's essay, "Robert Penn Warren's Panoramic Ecology in Audubon: A Vision," has been accepted for publication by Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press). Chris would like to give special thanks to professors Joshua Weiner and Gerard Passannante for their help. The essay was drafted in their course on ecopoetics.
May 21, 2018
Gerard Holmes was appointed to the Modern Language Association's Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities, for the period July 2018-June 2021.
May 21, 2018
Maud Casey's essay "The Museum of 'Please Find Me'" appeared in The New York Times and her essay "A Speck in the Universe: On Voyage of Time" will appear as part of New England Review's upcoming Terrence Malick supplement.
May 21, 2018
Nahid Ahmadian published "A hermeneutic reading of Baghebane Marg (The Gardener of Death) by Mohammad Charmshir" in Daftarhaye Nila, (no. 14), a Persian journal on drama studies and theater.
May 21, 2018
Stanford University Press is publishing Tita Chico's new book, The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment, which tells the story of how literariness came to be distinguished from its epistemological sibling, science, as a source of truth about the natural and social worlds in the British Enlightenment. This spring, Tita was invited to speak at Kings' College London (UK), the University of Kent (UK), the University of California, Berkeley, and Indiana University, and she also presented new work on mathematics and the periodical press at ASECS.
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.
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
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
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, March 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Victoria E. Burke will deliver a talk entitled “Collecting, Compiling, and Creating: Engaging with the Bible in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.”
November 29, 2017
Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, as we celebrate the genius of Emily Dickinson with scholar and poet Sandra Gilbert. This third reading in the 2017/18 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
November 15, 2017
The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) invites you to an information session for individuals interested in supporting students who are incarcerated. GPEP offers Goucher College courses and college preparatory courses to students at two Maryland prisons. 
September 19, 2017
We invite proposals for scholarly papers and panels at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersection of both.
March 28, 2017
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. David Norbrook will deliver a paper titled “I write not for the presse to boast my own weaknesses to the world”: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration Public Sphere’.
May 21, 2018
Congratulations to PhD student Aqdas Aftab who has been awarded the Rodler-Wood Scholarship from LGBT Studies in recognition of their work on decolonial trans and queer studies.
May 21, 2018
Bill Peterson's article "William Pickering and the Quakers" will appear in the June issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. It is an account of the Quaker background (hitherto unknown) of one of the most important English publishers of the nineteenth century.
May 21, 2018
Bob Levine has recently published essays on Frederick Douglass in History Now, the Howard Journal of Communication, and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has essays forthcoming in The New Melville Studies and A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction, both to be published soon by Cambridge UP. He recently gave an invited talk on Hannah Crafts at Indiana University and he's speaking next month at the University of Texas on "What Is the American Literary Tradition: An Editor's Perspective." 
May 21, 2018
Brian Richardson published several pieces: “Experimental Fiction and Narrative Theory,” in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, “The Status of Historical Characters in Drama: Ontological, Aesthetic, Verisimilar” in Letras de Hoje (Brazil); “De la narratologie non naturelle [“On Unnatural Narratology”]” in Introduction à la narratologie postclassique; “Unusual Voices and Multiple Identities” in Pronouns in Literature; “Reale und implizite Autoren” [‘Real and Implied Authors’]” in Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Erzählen; “The Rhetoric of Knowledge and the Rhetoric of Pleasure,” is in the current issue of Style, and an interview with Li Minrui on narrative theory in Foreign Literature Studies (China). He also edited a special issue of the journal, Frontiers of Narrative Studies (Winter 2017).
May 21, 2018
Christopher Suarez's essay, "Robert Penn Warren's Panoramic Ecology in Audubon: A Vision," has been accepted for publication by Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press). Chris would like to give special thanks to professors Joshua Weiner and Gerard Passannante for their help. The essay was drafted in their course on ecopoetics.
May 21, 2018
Gerard Holmes was appointed to the Modern Language Association's Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities, for the period July 2018-June 2021.
May 21, 2018
Maud Casey's essay "The Museum of 'Please Find Me'" appeared in The New York Times and her essay "A Speck in the Universe: On Voyage of Time" will appear as part of New England Review's upcoming Terrence Malick supplement.
May 21, 2018
Nahid Ahmadian published "A hermeneutic reading of Baghebane Marg (The Gardener of Death) by Mohammad Charmshir" in Daftarhaye Nila, (no. 14), a Persian journal on drama studies and theater.
May 21, 2018
Stanford University Press is publishing Tita Chico's new book, The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment, which tells the story of how literariness came to be distinguished from its epistemological sibling, science, as a source of truth about the natural and social worlds in the British Enlightenment. This spring, Tita was invited to speak at Kings' College London (UK), the University of Kent (UK), the University of California, Berkeley, and Indiana University, and she also presented new work on mathematics and the periodical press at ASECS.
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.

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