Summer 2017 Bywords

Spring 2017 Commencement

August 2, 2017
Theresa Coletti, Julius Fleming, Laura Rosenthal, and Scott Trudell met throughout the year to discuss research findings.
June 22, 2017
 Joshua Weiner read in a protest event this spring at the Queens Museum in Flushing that also launched the anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little, noted in a front page New York Times article about poetry and protest in the age of Trump.   
June 21, 2017
Amanda Bailey's new book, Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, and Form, co-edited with Mario DiGangi came out last month, and she was also the recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities 2017 Faculty Service Award in recognition of her service in support of the department's and college's mission and vision. 
June 21, 2017
Bob Levine is leading a seminar on Melville's Israel Potter at the  late-June international Melville conference in London, and he's speaking on Douglass at the National Archives on July 3rd. His new book, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, is currently in production and will be published by Cambridge UP this fall.
June 21, 2017
Brian Richardson's review of Writing the Reader by Dorothee Birke appears in the current issue of Poetics Today.
June 21, 2017
Danuta Hinc published an essay, Dictator at the podium: The first 100 days takes me back 25 years, in Literary Hub.
June 21, 2017
DeLisa Hawkes attended 2017 CHAViC Summer Seminar "In Black and White: Race and American Visual Culture" at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA this June.  The seminar examined representations of race in American visual culture from the nineteenth century.
June 21, 2017
On June 2, Gabriela Vlahovici-Jones gave the presentation "Embodied Ethos in Guillaume Rouille's Promptuaire des Medalles" at the International Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, hosted by University of Maryland.
June 21, 2017
PhD student Gerard Holmes recently presented his papers “’I am afraid to own / a Body -‘: Emily Dickinson’s Musical and Manuscript Variations,” Society for Textual Scholarship, “Textual Embodiments” College Park, MD, May 31 - June 2, 2017 and “Gossip, the Unspoken, and Emily Dickinson,” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego, April 12-15, 2017.
June 21, 2017
Howard Norman's novel My Darling Detective has recently been translated into French, Japanese and Dutch language editions.
June 21, 2017
Jonathan Rick facilitated a series of workshops for AXA, in Jersey City and Syracuse, on digital transformation and innovation. 
June 21, 2017
Kellie Robertson gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization. gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization.
June 21, 2017
Recent MFA graduate Laura Neal has a poem ("I Heard the Buzzards Shrill") forthcoming in the Birmingham Poetry Review, which has published a host of major figures, including Betty Adcock, L. S. Asekoff, Marianne Boruch, Eamon Grennan, Edward Hirsch, Cleopatra Mathis, and Gary Soto.
June 21, 2017
Lyra Hilliard presented “When you’re having fun time flys:” The Art and Craft of Integrating Multiple Learning Spaces, Multiple Web 2.0 Tools, and Multiple Modes of Writing in the Blended Composition Class" at this year's Computers and Writing conference at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.
June 21, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum will be in Europe this summer to lecture and participate in a workshop at the University of Siegen, and then to deliver a plenary at the Electronic Literature Organization's annual conference in Porto. In August he will return to the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia to co-teach a week-long course in "Born-Digital Materials in Special Collections."
June 21, 2017
Oliver Brearey will be presenting the following conference paper at MLA in January 2018:“Individual and Collaborative Responsibility for Women’s Job-Finding Work in Outplacement.” Association for Business Communication panel, “Gender and the Language of Business / The Business of Language,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Jan. 2018, New York, NY.
June 21, 2017
Peter Mallios’ essay “On Foreign Grounds: Towards an Alternative US Literary History, Archive, Methodology” appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of American Literary History. His review essay on the Cambridge Scholarly Edition of Joseph Conrad’s Victory will appear later this summer in The Conradian, The Conradian Reviews Online, and Editionen in der Kritik, and his essay “Reading The Secret Agent Now: The Press, the Police, the Premonition of Simulation,” was reprinted in the new Norton edition of The Secret Agent.
June 21, 2017
At MLA 2017 "Digital Frost" panel (January, 2017), Setsuko Yokoyama co-organized and presented on the ongoing, cross-institutional efforts to develop a digital platform for Robert Frost. Including Setsuko, the panel featured Natalie Gerber, Donald G. Sheehy, Jay Satterfield, Molly Schwartzburg, Lisa Seale, Jason Camlot, and Martha Nell Smith. It covered a history of Frost’s editions and intended audiences, rationale and challenges of digitizing and managing archival resources, the nature of Frost’s public talks, appearances, and recordings as well as the politics and ethics surrounding digital archival development.
June 21, 2017
Stewart Foehl's 3rd young adult novel, Stealing Candy, was published May 2 from Sourcebooks Fire, under the pen name Stewart Lewis. Kieran Scott, lauds the book as, "...that rare sort of read that keeps you not just guessing but gasping with every turn of the page."
June 21, 2017
At ALA in May, Susie Compton presented a paper on the panel she organized and proposed, themed "Religion and Domestic Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Literature." She also presented a paper titled "A Secular Sedgwick" at the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society 20th-Anniversary Symposium in Stockbridge, MA this June.
June 20, 2017
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of their Spring Funding Cycle.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 17, 2017
Instructor and UMD MFA graduate Meg Eden's debut novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is coming out June 13th from Rare Bird Books.
May 15, 2017
Congratulations to Catherine Bayly and Maggie Ray, recipients of the 201​7​ Professional Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards!
May 11, 2017
Congratulations to our recent graduates on their accomplishments. Continue reading to learn about their plans for their post-Maryland careers!
May 9, 2017
Christopher Suarez, MA student in the English Department, presented his paper "Race and Critical Practice: Robert Penn Warren’s Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse & Voices” at the Robert Penn Warren Circle April 20-23 at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
May 7, 2017
Tita Chico, Kimberly Anne Coles, and Kellie Robertson met throughout 2016-2017 to discuss their current research findings.
May 5, 2017
The Faculty Research & Writing Group consisting of Luka Arsenjuk, Melanie Kill, Oliver Gaycken, Matthew Krischenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Scott Trudell, and Orrin Wang discussed emergent projects.
May 3, 2017
The Faculty Research and Writing Group consisting of Lyra Hilliard, Rosser Matthews, Scott Moses, Clare Parsons, and Michelle Von Euw met throughout 2016-2017 to review work in progress.
May 2, 2017
The Faculty Research & Writing Group convened by Verlyn Flieger, Peter Grybauskas, and Christopher Crane shared recent findings with one another.
May 1, 2017
Chanon Adanatham, Jessica Enoch, Vessela Valiavitcharska, and Scott Wible met throughout the year to share current work in progress.
April 25, 2017
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.