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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

February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
John Macintosh recently presented two papers, “Abstraction and/as Catachresis in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis” at Intersections of Finance and Society at City College London, and “Who Is Precarious Now?” at the Modern Language Association's 2018 convention.
February 6, 2018
Jonathan Williams's article, "Deathly Sentimentalism: Sarah Fielding, Henry Mackenzie," is in print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30.2 (Winter 2017-2018).
February 6, 2018
Robert Lucci will present his paper “Staring Down the Panopticon: Surveillance and Resisting the Controls of Whiteness, Chester Himes and If He Hollers, Let Him Go” at both the Frederick Douglass Institute’s 2018 Bicentennial Conference and the 2018 MELUS conference.
February 5, 2018
Joseph Good recently published "Review: 'South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies' by Iswari P.Pandey" Reflections, vol 17.2 (December 2017)
February 5, 2018
The world premiere of Wild Nights with Emily!, a film featuring Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live,” “Divorce” and much more) for which Martha Nell Smith serves as a consultant and which draws heavily on her books Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson, and on her archival work, will be featured at SXSW on March 10. Director Madeleine Olnek has received numerous awards, and the film-in-progress won the top prize at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris in early July. https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/122607
February 5, 2018
In January Norrell participated in the MLA Connected Academic's Career Development Boot Camp which provided resources and training around career development in fields alternative to academia. Norrell will be presenting a section of her dissertation titled, "Les lieux de Duvalie: Memories of the Duvalier Dictatorship in New York at the 2018 MELUS conference, “TransCulture,” in Las Vegas, NV, May 3-6, 2018. Norrell will also be presenting a variation of this chapter at the College Language Assocation's 2018 Convention in April. Another reworking of a dissertation chapter will be published in the collection Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile with Lexington Books.
February 4, 2018
Tom Earles, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, was awarded an Erasmus+ ICM grant for a collaboration between UMD's Writing Center and Lund University's Academic Support Centre. This collaboration will involve a series of presentations and workshops addressing the intersections of creative writing and writing center programs. Strengthening the partnership between our universities will also set the stage for ongoing cooperation, which may include the development of a global classroom on tutor training and EFL/ESL tutoring.
February 1, 2018
Setsuko Yokoyama recently presented, "What’s in a Name? Users, the Generalized Others,” at HASTAC 2017, Orlando, Florida, 4 November 2017.
February 1, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 Ph.D. graduate in Comparative Literature, has published "Compte Rendu du Roman grec et poésie : Dialogues des genres et nouveaux enjeux du poétique" in Agora: Les comptes rendu de GAIA, Vol. 8, 2017. Available at:http://homerica.msh-alpes.fr/agora/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Roman-grec-et-poesie.pdfStephen has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Thornton Wilder Society.
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’.
February 14, 2017
MITH and the AADHUM initiative warmly invite your participation in the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, to be held on campus, May 26 - June 2. The deadline for proposals is February 26.
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 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.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
John Macintosh recently presented two papers, “Abstraction and/as Catachresis in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis” at Intersections of Finance and Society at City College London, and “Who Is Precarious Now?” at the Modern Language Association's 2018 convention.
February 6, 2018
Jonathan Williams's article, "Deathly Sentimentalism: Sarah Fielding, Henry Mackenzie," is in print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30.2 (Winter 2017-2018).
February 6, 2018
Robert Lucci will present his paper “Staring Down the Panopticon: Surveillance and Resisting the Controls of Whiteness, Chester Himes and If He Hollers, Let Him Go” at both the Frederick Douglass Institute’s 2018 Bicentennial Conference and the 2018 MELUS conference.
February 5, 2018
Joseph Good recently published "Review: 'South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies' by Iswari P.Pandey" Reflections, vol 17.2 (December 2017)
February 5, 2018
The world premiere of Wild Nights with Emily!, a film featuring Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live,” “Divorce” and much more) for which Martha Nell Smith serves as a consultant and which draws heavily on her books Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson, and on her archival work, will be featured at SXSW on March 10. Director Madeleine Olnek has received numerous awards, and the film-in-progress won the top prize at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris in early July. https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/122607
February 5, 2018
In January Norrell participated in the MLA Connected Academic's Career Development Boot Camp which provided resources and training around career development in fields alternative to academia. Norrell will be presenting a section of her dissertation titled, "Les lieux de Duvalie: Memories of the Duvalier Dictatorship in New York at the 2018 MELUS conference, “TransCulture,” in Las Vegas, NV, May 3-6, 2018. Norrell will also be presenting a variation of this chapter at the College Language Assocation's 2018 Convention in April. Another reworking of a dissertation chapter will be published in the collection Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile with Lexington Books.
February 4, 2018
Tom Earles, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, was awarded an Erasmus+ ICM grant for a collaboration between UMD's Writing Center and Lund University's Academic Support Centre. This collaboration will involve a series of presentations and workshops addressing the intersections of creative writing and writing center programs. Strengthening the partnership between our universities will also set the stage for ongoing cooperation, which may include the development of a global classroom on tutor training and EFL/ESL tutoring.
February 1, 2018
Setsuko Yokoyama recently presented, "What’s in a Name? Users, the Generalized Others,” at HASTAC 2017, Orlando, Florida, 4 November 2017.
February 1, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 Ph.D. graduate in Comparative Literature, has published "Compte Rendu du Roman grec et poésie : Dialogues des genres et nouveaux enjeux du poétique" in Agora: Les comptes rendu de GAIA, Vol. 8, 2017. Available at:http://homerica.msh-alpes.fr/agora/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Roman-grec-et-poesie.pdfStephen has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Thornton Wilder Society.

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