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Ambassador Emphasizes Value of English Degree

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fast forward to young adulthood, where Ward is a junior majoring in English at Duke and one of only three “Ambassadors” for the Duke Department of English.  Along with the other two ambassadors—Elizabeth George (T’17) and Alexandra Bratton (T’17)—Ward plays a critical role promoting and... Read More »


Library of Congress to Present Mackey with Bobbitt Poetry Prize

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nathaniel Mackey, Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke, has been tapped to receive another of poetry’s top honors.  Mackey will receive the 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress in honor of his lifetime achievement. Poet Claudine Rankine... Read More »


The Aesthetic Joy of Writing about Research

Friday, March 24, 2017

On a Thursday afternoon around an oversized table in the Allen Building, a student says they’re unsure about the aesthetic possibility of pipetting (scientifically pouring out fluids through thin tubes) as it appears in the first draft of their essay. The student’s fellow classmates disagree—the... Read More »


In Anxious and Thoughtful Rose-Leaves: Formalistic Thesis Searches for Eliot

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Anna Mukamal (T’17) speaks of T. S. Eliot as a writer who wrote into words the anxiety of his time even while mired in his own anxiety. Eliot was a poet—a seer contributing acts of charity. But in the tense years surrounding World War I in Europe, he was a poet in the lost and lonely spaces of this... Read More »


Eco-Feminism Thesis Pushes for Activist Focus

Monday, February 27, 2017

The woman of the green grass, imbued with the green grass’s charm. The woman who, like a field sowed in the fallow of a Jane Eyre summer, carries her fertility within her. The woman who is a bird, a fig leaf, our idea of hard seeds and each of the hard-sunned seasons. Entrenched in the... Read More »


Keep Going

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

After years of visionary contributions to Duke University and the academy at large, Karla FC Holloway, retired this month with public announcement of both an annual mentorship award and a fellowship named in her honor. Read More »


Trivial Pursuits: What is an intellectual community?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Professor Aarthi Vadde’s, English 490 course “Trivial Pursuits” from Fall 2016 explored theories of reading and knowledge production.  This course was created to help students answer naysayers who question how certain majors will lead to employment and to explain why the majors in question should... Read More »


Science Fiction Writer Returns to Give

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Since Alyssa Wong (’13) started writing, some people have asked her, “Why don’t you write something nice?” At the time of inception, Wong’s stories may be romantic comedies or light fantasies, but ultimately they make their way into the nebulous area of literature known as horror, or dark fantasy.... Read More »


Strandberg: A Teacher and Legend at Duke University

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Victor Strandberg, beloved English professor with 52 years at Duke under his belt, has earned a singularly positive reputation among students and faculty. One of the first things a prospective English student is sure to hear is, "You've got to take a Strandberg class; he has the voice of God." What... Read More »


An Interview with Aarthi Vadde, Author of “Chimeras of Form”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

“I am most interested in those moments in modernist and contemporary fiction where unachievable dreams of global transformation yield critical insights into the world as it currently exists.”—Aarthi Vadde   Read More »


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