English Faculty Works-In-Progress Series featuring Professor Toril Moi
Duke English invites you to Third Tuesday for ice cream and fellowship.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Abele Quad

About Us

The Duke English Department has long occupied a vital and distinctive place both in the discipline and in the university, where it has served as one of the defining spaces of thought, conversation, teaching, and inquiry. We have played a crucial role in defining the history, present, and future practices of reading and interpretation and the paradigms of research, pedagogy, and critique common to and distributed across the humanities as a whole at Duke.

Our research and pedagogy encompass the study of English language, the range of representational forms which find expression in manuscripts, novels, poetry, drama, film and other genres and media, and the social and cultural fields within which such expressive practices take form and which they help to shape. Expertise in the department ranges in time, from the earliest Medieval written manuscripts to the most recent 21st century literature, and in universality, across several continents including literature from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and India. We offer a rich curriculum for both undergraduates and graduate students through BA or PhD programs, and a minor in Creative Writing.

Our Major & Minors

Duke's English Department offers a major and minor in English, and a minor in creative writing. Our program is designed to: convey broad historical knowledge of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures, cultivate a sophisticated habit of critically engaging literary and cultural texts, create a shared understanding of major problems, trends, and methods of literary and cultural analysis, and develop your ability to pose questions and organize knowledge in productive and original ways. We encourage students to pursue undergraduate research and graduation with distinction.

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Featured Courses

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Knives Out! Professor JP Gritton As Mat Johnson, author of the graphic whodunit Incognegro, puts it: “The mystery form is the fundamental structure of contemporary storytelling.” That aha!moment,… read more about Intermediate Workshop in the Writing of Fiction »

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English 90S.01 - Sports and Society Instructor Amber Manning In 2018, basketball star Zion Williamson responded to claims that he was nothing more than a viral video sensation by asserting, “I’m… read more about Special Topics in Literature »

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Writing the Unspeakable Instructor Amin Ahmad  As writers of fiction, we try to go beyond the surface and delve deep into uncomfortable emotions: desire, sexuality, loss, belonging, madness,… read more about Introduction to the Writing of Fiction »

Doctoral Program

Known for its innovative and influential approaches to the study of literature, our doctoral program is dynamic and challenging within a collegial atmosphere of intellectual exchange. Students are encouraged to read broadly across English and American literatures including four-nations British, Anglophone and comparative postcolonial, the Black Atlantic, Irish and other diasporas, multilingual North America, and pan-Pacific. Students investigate literary and cultural history as forms of knowledge production and social action; to develop the specific linguistic, philosophical, and historical skills relevant to their chosen field and intervention; and to think and articulate with clarity, subtlety, and imagination.

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