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Research in the arts and humanities represents a range of disciplines and distinctive modes of knowledge and methods that result in articles and books, ideas, exhibitions, performances, artifacts and more. This deliberate and dedicated work generates deep insights into the multi-faceted people and cultures of the world, past and present.
Whether individual or collaborative, funded or unfunded, our faculty are leading national networks and conferences, providing research frameworks, engaging students, traversing international archives and making significant contributions to UMD's research enterprise.

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The Synopsis of Rhetoric of Joseph Rhakendytes: Translation and Commentary

Co-authored with Jeffrey Walker.

English

Author/Lead: Vessela Valiavitcharska
Dates:

In progress.

"Joseph Rhakendytes’ Synopsis of Rhetoric: An Outline of the Late Byzantine Rhetorical Curriculum"

Introduction to Joseph Rhakendytes' Synopsis of Rhetoric: Translation and Commentary

English

Author/Lead: Vessela Valiavitcharska
Dates:

[Volume in progress.]

The Practice of Rhetoric: Poetics, Performance, Philosophy. Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Walker

Co-edited with Debra Hawhee.

English

Author/Lead: Vessela Valiavitcharska
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Debra Hawhee
Dates:

Forthcoming with the University of Alabama Press, 2022.

"Forgotten Pastimes of the Victorians"

Forthcoming work in Prairie Schooner.

English

Author/Lead: Emily Mitchell
Dates:

Techno-Magism: Media, Mediation, and the Cut of Romanticism

Techno-Magism explores how British Romantic literature abuts and is organized around both print and non-print media.

English

Author/Lead: Orrin Wang
Dates:

The book explores not only the print, pictorial art, and theater of early nineteenth-century England and Europe but also communicative technologies invented after the British Romantic period, such as photography, film, video, and digital screens. This proleptic abutting points to one way we can understand the implicit exceptionality wagered by reading Romanticism through media studies and media theory.

Techno-Magism argues that both media studies and the concept of mediation in general can benefit from a more robust confrontation with, or recovery of, the arguments of deconstruction, an unavoidable consequence of thinking about the relationship between Romanticism and media. The book thinks that relationship through the catachrestic practice of a techno-magism, a technics of inscription always outside the causalities of a dialectical economy. The book further pursues two interrelated ideas: the structural incommensurability of the cut and the unapologetic presentism of the constellation. Marked by its late capitalist moment of composition, the book explores the continuity between the social character of Romantic and post-Romantic media, in terms of commodity culture, revolution, and the ecological devastation of the anthropocene.

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Form Fitted: Postcolonial Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics

Forthcoming.

English

Author/Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

Form Fitted: Postcolonial Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics.

Forthcoming.

South Asian "Refugee" Fiction and Film: The Poetics and Aesthetics of Suffering

In progress.

English

Author/Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

South Asian "Refugee" Fiction and Film:  The Poetics and Aesthetics of Suffering.

In progress.

“Reading Poetry, Performing Rhetoric”

In The Practice of Rhetoric: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Walker.

English

Author/Lead: Vessela Valiavitcharska
Dates:

Examines the role of Byzantine punctuation in intertwining poetic performance with the rhythms of performed oratory and other prose discourse.

"Her Face I Cannot See"

Published in the Bennington Review.

English

Author/Lead: Emily Mitchell
Dates:

"Simon first sees the woman in the big bookstore on the corner of Thirteenth and Broadway. He is browsing the table of new releases in the middle of the long high-ceilinged room when he suddenly has the sense of someone watching him."

Read the story in Bennington Review.

2021 Rodler-Wood Scholarship

The Rodler-Wood Scholarship was established in 2004 by University of Maryland alum James Wood ’72 and his partner Peter Rodler (1936–2010).

English

Author/Lead: Shalom Rosenberg
Dates:

The Rodler-Wood Scholarship provides $1,000 to support student success in their upcoming academic year. Selection is based on one or more of the following criteria: demonstrated financial need, hardship based on sexual orientation, academic interest in LGBT Studies and extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.

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