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Language, Rhetoric, and Writing
at Maryland


The Department of English at the University of Maryland provides a comprehensive program of graduate studies in the foundation fields of language, rhetoric, and writing.

Courses treat history and theory of rhetoric, writing and the teaching of writing, the study of the English language, traditions and methods of bibliography and research, and the commerce of these fields with criticism and theory.

Typical research seminars include: prose style, rhetorical criticism, textual criticism, linguistic criticism, studies in composition, prosody, discourse, cognitive linguistics, and a variety of topics in rhetoric, such as figure, narrative, and argument.

Address for admissions:
Graduate Studies
Department of English
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Discussion Group:




Linda Coleman (
Robert Coogan (
Jane Donawerth (
Jeanne Fahnestock (
Eugene Hammond (
Susan Handelman (
Jean Johnson (
Shirley Logan (
Michael Marcuse (
Leigh Ryan (
John Schilb (
Nancy Shapiro (
Mark Turner (

Linda Coleman
Associate Professor. Ph.D. Berkeley.
Publications: essays in pragmatics. Current research: pragmatics, discourse, the language of advertising, the language of religion, social and gender differences in the use of language.

Robert Coogan
Professor. Ph.D. Loyola.
Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library, the Folger Library. Publications: Babylon on the Rhone: A Translation with Introduction of Letters by Dante, Petrarch, and Catherine of Siena on the Avignon Papacy (Studia Humanitatis); Erasmus, Lee, and the Correction of the Vulgate (Geneva); essays in the history of rhetoric, especially Greek and renaissance rhetoric. Current research: history of rhetoric, Erasmian humanism.

Jane Donawerth
Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities. Publications: Shakespeare and the Sixteenth-Century Study of Language (University of Illinois); Worlds of Difference: Utopian and Science Fiction by Women (co-editor; Syracuse). Current research: feminism, psychology, narrative, non-Western rhetorical theory, women rhetorical theorists before 1900.

Jeanne Fahnestock
Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of London.
Director of Writing Programs. Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Publications: A Rhetoric of Argument (co-author; McGraw, Hill); Readings in Argument (co-author; Random House). Current research: history of rhetoric, rhetoric of science, figure and argument.

Eugene Hammond
Associate Professor. Ph.D. Yale.
Fellow of the Ford and Danforth Foundations. Publications: Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing (McGraw, Hill); Informative Writing (McGraw, Hill); Teaching Writing (McGraw, Hill). Current research: rhetoric and inference, writers on writing, English syntax, basic writing, pedagogy, Jonathon Swift and the civic humanist tradition.

Susan Handelman
Professor. Ph.D. SUNY, Buffalo.
Fellow of the Meyerhoff Foundation and the Howard Foundation. Publications: Fragments of Redemption: Jewish Thought and Literary Theory in Benjamin, Scholem, and Levinas (Indiana); Psychoanalysis and Religion (co-editor; Johns Hopkins); The Slayers of Moses: The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory (SUNY). Current research: rhetoric and scripture, rhetoric and rabbinic texts, the rhetoric of academic discourse, rhetoric and pedagogy.

Shirley W. Logan
Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Maryland.
Director, Professional Writing Program. Publications: Essays on rhetoric, writing, pedagogy, and professional writing. Current research: rhetoric and writing, the role of computers in writing, writing in the workplace, African-American literature

Michael Marcuse
Associate Professor. Ph.D. Michigan and Ph.D. Johannes Gutenberg Universitat.
Fulbright scholar and fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Publications: A Reference Guide for English Studies (University of California). Current research: the rhetoric of AIDS literature; the relationship of rhetoric to criticism, to literary theory, and to the teaching of writing.

John Schilb
Associate Professor. Ph.D. SUNY, Binghamton.
Writing Theory and Critical Theory (co-editor; MLA); Constellations: A Contextual Reader for Writers (co-editor; Harper Collins); Contending with Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age (co-editor; MLA). Current research: rhetoric, writing, and literary theory.

Mark Turner
Professor. Ph.D. Berkeley.
Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study. Publications: The Literary Mind (Oxford). Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (co-author; Princeton). Reading Minds: The Study of English in the Age of Cognitive Science (Princeton). More than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor (co-author; Chicago). Death is the Mother of Beauty: Mind, Metaphor, Criticism (Chicago). Current research: mind and language, classic prose style, cognitive rhetoric, narrative and metaphor, conceptual blending, conceptual projection.