Department Announces Awards For the 2015-16 Academic Year

Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Department of English is pleased to announce the following awards for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 academic year: Stanley E. Fish Award for Outstanding Work in British Literature Matthew T. King, “The Centrality of Courtship: Wooing Katherine and the Meaning of Henry V” Barbara... Read More »

2016 Creative Writing Award Winners

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Schutte Senior Writing Award  Gwen Hawkes NON-FICTION George Lucaci Award for Creative Nonfiction (co-winners) Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi, “A Summer of Eggplant” Rosa Yang, “Telling Time” POETRY Academy of American Poets Prize  1st: Sarah Darwiche, “little party” 2nd:... Read More »

Judith Ruderman Has Been Named Winner of the 2017 Harry T. Moore Award

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Executive Committee of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America (DHLSNA) has named Judith Ruderman, Visiting Professor in the English at Duke University and Paul Poplawski, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester as recipients of the 2017 Harry T. Moore Award for Lifetime... Read More »

Watch the Duke Community in a Marathon Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Friday, April 15, 2016
Durham, NC - With the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death coming this Saturday, the Department of English invited members of the Duke community to celebrate the bard's work with a marathon reading of his sonnets at three sites across campus. The readings in Bostock Library, Duke... Read More »

Duke Flags Lowered: Humanities Advocate Srinivas Aravamudan Dies

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Durham, NC - Srinivas Aravamudan, professor of English and former dean of the humanities at Duke, died on Wednesday. He was 54. Aravamudan, a scholar of 18th-century British and French literature and postcolonial literature, was also a champion of the humanities, committed to nurturing and... Read More »

Tsitsi Jaji Awarded African Literature Association Prize

Monday, April 11, 2016
Tsitsi Jaji was awarded the First Book Award by the African Literature Association during their annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, this past weekend for her work Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan-African Solidarity. Africa in Stereo analyzes how African have engaged... Read More »

The Making of Chad Dickerson '93

Monday, March 14, 2016
Chad Dickerson ’93 discovered the Duke Coffeehouse as a freshman, and for the next three years he hardly left. A Southern-born kid with an unconventional streak, he found the DIY café and music venue at the edge of East Campus a welcome alternative to mainstream campus culture. He was enthralled by... Read More »

Two Duke Seniors Named Rhodes Scholars

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Duke Today | November 22, 2015 DURHAM, NC – Duke University seniors Laura Roberts of Dallas and John “Jay” Ruckelshaus of Indianapolis were among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Roberts is a Global Human Rights Scholar and Lowell Aptman Prize... Read More »

In Memory: Professor Emeritus Wallace “Wally” Jackson (1929-2015)

Thursday, December 10, 2015
We celebrate the life of Wallace "Wally" Jackson. He was our mentor, colleague, and a former chairman of the English Department. We continue to be inspired by his lifelong pursuit of learning and his passion for teaching. November 23, 1930 – November 29, 2015 Wallace “Wally” Jackson... Read More »

Poet and Editor Returns to Alma Matter with Advice

Monday, November 30, 2015
“I'll dent the garage door with my head, siphon Crown Royal from your liquor cabinet, jump from a gondola in Venice. I'll smash my ankle with a hammer, drive through stop signs with my eyes closed, cost you thousands in medical bills. Forget about sleeping. I'll dominate the prayers you... Read More »