James W. Applewhite

Professor Emeritus of English

Campus Box: 90015


James Applewhite is the author of Seas and Inland Journeys : Landscape and Consciousness from Wordsworth to Roethke (Georgia, 1985) and seven books of poetry, including River Writing: An Eno Journal (Princeton, 1988), and Daytime and Starlight (LSU, 1997). He has published... Full Profile »

Ronald R. Butters

Professor Emeritus of English

Campus Box: 90014


Ron Butters, who directed the Duke Linguistics Program for many years, publishes chiefly on (1) current American English and (2) linguistics and legal issues, with special interest in trademarks, contracts and statutes, and defamation. He also pursues his interest in language-and-law questions as a... Full Profile »

Cathy N. Davidson

Ruth F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies

Office: Allen Building

Campus Box: 90403

Phone: (919) 684-8471

Fax: (919) 684-1658


Cathy Davidson has published numerous books, including Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking, 2011); The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (with David Theo Goldberg, MIT Press, 2010) ; Revolution and... Full Profile »

A Leigh DeNeef

Professor Emeritus

Campus Box: 90068


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Oliver W Ferguson

Professor Emeritus

Campus Box: 90015

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Gerald E. Gerber

Associate Professor Emeritus

Campus Box: 90015


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George D. Gopen

Professor of Practice Emeritus of English

Campus Box: 90015

Office Hours: call 919-384-7175


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Buford Jones

Associate Professor Emeritus of English

Campus Box: 90015


Buford Jones is the bibliographer for the Hawthorne Society and supplements annually his basic checklist of Hawthorne scholarship. He has also published articles on Melville, Thoreau, and Poe as well as special studies of Hawthorne. He is currently completing The Great Romances: Hawthorne's... Full Profile »

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Elgin W. Mellown

Assoicate Professor Emeritus


Deborah Pope

Professor Emerita of English

Office: 304 B Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90015

Phone: (919) 684-2899


Deborah Pope has published A Separate Vision: Isolation in Contemporary Women's Poetry (LSU), Ties That Bind: Essays on Mothering and Patriarchy (University of Chicago Press), Fanatic Heart (LSU), Mortal World (LSU) and Falling Out of the Sky. She is currently co-editing a series of writings on... Full Profile »

Maureen Quilligan

R. Florence Brinkley Professor Emerita of English

Campus Box: 90015


Maureen Quilligan has as a primary field of interest in the Renaissance, with special attention to women and literature. She has published four books: The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre (1979) Milton's Spenser: The Politics of Reading (1983), The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de... Full Profile »

Dale B. J. Randall

Professor Emeritus of English

Campus Box: 90015


Renaissance LiteratureProf. Randall has worked in 16th, 17th, and 20th century English Culture and 19th century U.S. Culture.A native Ohioan, he accepted an instructorship at Duke in 1957 and proceeded through the ranks, teaching and publishing, especially in 17th-century English literature, until... Full Profile »

Barbara H. Smith

Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English


Smith's research has been concerned with literary theory, poetry and poetics, ideas of value and judgment, and intellectual controversies over science and knowledge. Her current work focuses on developments in cognitive science and the philosophy of biology, intellectual issues involving science... Full Profile »

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George W. Williams

Professor Emeritus

Office: 07A West Duke, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 90015

Phone: (919) 684-5827

Fax: (919) 684-4871


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Susan Willis

Associate Professor Emeritus of English

Office: Literature

Campus Box: 90670

Associate Professor Emerita of English and The Literature Program. She is the author of "Specifying: Black Women Writing the American Experience" and "A Primer for Daily Life." She is coauthor of "Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World." Her work aims at revealing the contradictions of... Full Profile »