Our Department

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.

Upcoming Events

Tue
24
Sep
Amit Chaudhuri: "The Strangeness of the 'World' and How We Encounter It"'
5:30 PM @ Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105
Wed
25
Sep
Literary Activism, or Creativity at the Fringes
12:00 PM @ Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105
Wed
25
Sep