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

Post-Secular Perspectives on Romantic and Victorian Poetry
8:30 AM @ Rubenstein Library Breedlove Room 349
Data+ Alumni Reunion and Math Dept Open House
4:00 PM @ Gross Hall, Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall, Room 330
Whose Crisis? Whose University? Abolitionist Study in and beyond Global Higher Education
8:30 AM @ Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105