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"Pizza & Panel" Welcomes New Students

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In the inaugural “Pizza & Panel” on Monday, April 3rd, representatives of the Duke Department of English formally congratulated and welcomed more than 30 new English majors. Dr. Sarah Beckwith, the Department’s Chair and the Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of English, teamed up with the... Read More »


Inaugural Trinity Distinguished Lecture to Feature Mark Anthony Neal

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mark Anthony Neal, a professor in the departments of African & African American Studies and English, will give the inaugural Trinity Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Penn Pavilion. His talk is open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Read More »


“Similar to those days studying Shakespeare”: Virginia Russell (T'06) Tackles Consumer Behavior

Friday, April 28, 2017

Virginia Russell (T’06) earned a bachelor’s from the Duke Department of English in 2006, and a master’s from the Northwestern School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications in 2007. Russell has worked on the marketing teams of such major corporations as Pizza Hut, Dr Pepper... Read More »


Ph.D. Candidate, Matthew Omelsky, Awarded Mellon/ACLS Fellowship

Friday, April 28, 2017

Rising sixth year graduate student Matthew Omelsky has been awarded a prestigious Mellon/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Matthew was one of 65 fellows across the United States selected from a pool of over 1,000 applicants. ... Read More »


2017 Creative Writing Contest Winners

Monday, April 24, 2017

The English Departments is honored to announce the winners of its 2017 writing contests. The department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry works by English majors and non-major undergraduates. Fiction(The department offers... Read More »


Poems that join and bind through books and years

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nathaniel Mackey’s poems entwine across pages and volumes and years, nearly half a century now. Somerville’s Black Ocean has recently published “Lay Ghost,’’ a potent — and beautiful to hold — set of eight pieces lifted from Mackey’s ongoing series of poems, “Song of the... Read More »


Chloe Hooks (T’18) on Idiom, Poetry, and Audrey Hepburn

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chloe Hooks (T’18) weaves the “mythed mesquite” and “sargasso green” grass that grow in her home state of Texas into poems of intricate lyrical sincerity and deft, fatally precious power. Hooks is a sophomore majoring in the Department of English and minoring in the Department of Theater Studies,... Read More »


2017 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

Friday, April 21, 2017

The William M. Blackburn, Francis Pemberton, and Margaret Rose Knight Sanford Scholarships are awarded each spring semester by the Creative Writing Committee to undergraduate students for work done in one or more creative writing courses.  Nominations are made by English faculty.  Students must be... Read More »


'Speaking of Duke': New Brodhead Book Reflects on the University & Higher Education

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In essays, Brodhead shows a university thinking its way forward through challenges Read More »


Morgan Presents at West of Walden: Thoreau in the 21st Century

Monday, April 17, 2017

Patrick Morgan, English Ph.D. candidate, was invited to present his paper, “Thoreau in China: Reflections on Teaching Walden to Chinese Students” at the West of Walden: Thoreau in the 21st Century conference hosted by Huntington Library, in California on April 7-8, 2017. The... Read More »


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