Program Information

Ben Click, Chair
Professor of English

Office staff: 240-895-4225

Faculty Spotlight

Refocusin Chaplin

Professor of English Ben Click's new co-edited volume, Refocusing Chaplin: A Screen Icon through Critical Lenses, was published by Scarecrow Press in Fall 2013. 

Student Spotlight

Maria Smaldone

Maria Smalldone finds doors opening for her in Oxford, while studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Jennifer Cognard-Black

Professor of English

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Montgomery Hall 102b
(240) 895-4233

Jennifer Cognard-Black received her B.A. in English and music from Nebraska Wesleyan University, her M.A. in creative writing from Iowa State University, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in nineteenth-century literature. An Associate Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program, Cognard-Black's specialties are Anglo-American women writers of the Victorian period, fiction writing, and the literatures of food. A Fulbright scholar as well as the recipient of a Norton T. Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, Cognard-Black’s books include Narrative in the Professional Age: Transatlantic Readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (Routledge 2004); Kindred Hands: Letters on Writing by British and American Women Authors, 1865 - 1935 (Iowa Press 2006, co-edited with Elizabeth MacLeod Walls); and a forthcoming anthology of food writing, entitled Words Rising: The Making of Literary Meal (co-edited with Melissa Goldthwaite). Yet Cognard-Black's interests also include images of women in popular culture (she is a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine and is a member of the Ms. Committee of Scholars); Shakespeare in performance (she offers a summer study tour to Stratford-upon-Avon every other summer); writing theory and practice (her composition textbook, Advancing Rhetoric, appeared in 2006); and representations of Victoriana in contemporary art (recently, she wrote an essay for the Rosenbach Museum on interactions between Lewis Carroll and Sue Johnson’s visual art). In addition, Cognard-Black also publishes short fiction under the pseudonym J. Annie MacLeod. Three of her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she's been published in venues from Another Chicago Magazine to Literary Mama to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.