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Professor Russing teaches a lecture to his "Writing the Movie" class.

Write Your Own Adventure

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A bar mitzvah gone wrong. A thief supporting his family. “Fight Club meets Perks of Being a Wallflower.” These movie premises are just some of the ideas that students are developing into screenplays for Professor Cole Russing’s “Writing the Movie” course, offered as part of both Duke’s English... Read More »


Sara Behn, Trinity ‘21, studies Computer Science and English and writes poetry in her free time.

Decoding the Poetic Life of Sara Behn (Trinity ’21)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It is a busy Sunday night for most Duke students, rushing to finish assignments before a week of classes begin, as I settle into a seat outside of the practice rooms of McClendon Tower Floor 2. The competing harmonic and chaotic vibrations of practicing piano players felt like the perfect musical... Read More »


Image from the cover of Joseph Donahue's Book "Wind Maps I-VII"

Winter Books: The Beatles, Ellington and 'The Magic of Collaboration' and Other Great Reads

Monday, January 28, 2019

English Professor Joseph Donahue's new collection of poetry "Wind Maps VII" published by Talisman House one of of a number of works released by Duke authors during the winter of 2019. Read More »


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Jessica Stark, Awarded 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The English Department is proud to share that The Graduate School is honoring English Ph.D., candidate Jessica Stark as one of the four 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching winners.   “I love teaching as a means to share my most longstanding passion for examining the nuances and radical... Read More »


Image from NYT Article: The best harpooners among the Lamalerans are revered. Credit Doug Bock Clark

The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers’ Reads Like a First-Rate Novel

Monday, January 14, 2019

The novelist Thomas McGuane moved to Montana many years ago, he has said, because he didn’t want “writer hands.” He wanted to hunt and fish and walk outdoors. He wanted to avoid a soft life. The journalist Doug Bock Clark, in order to write his immersive, densely reported and altogether remarkable... Read More »


Photo Doug Bock Clark reading during Deman Weekend

English Alum, Doug Bock Clark, '09, 2018 DEMAN Talk Featured Guest, Releases First Book

Monday, January 7, 2019

English Alum Doug Bock Clark’s non-fiction work entitled The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life is being released by Little, Brown and Company, January 8, 2019 and is currently available of for pre-order on Amazon, ... Read More »


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Graduate School awards 6 Professional Development Grants for 2019

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Graduate School has awarded six Professional Development Grants for 2019. The grants, established in 2014, provide up to $2,000 to help graduate students and their departments create discipline-specific professional development programming and resources for exploring both academic and broad... Read More »


Jasmin Jin

The Process and Writing of a Thesis with Jasmin Jin

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Going into school, many people have heard of a thesis and usually understand that it is a long independent project. However, because very few people really get the chance to have complete control over the subject, form, deadlines, and all the other things that come with a class, it is hard to... Read More »


Cathy Choi

A Junior's Experience in the English Department with Cathy Choi

Sunday, December 16, 2018

While most of the articles on this page are written about department events, alumni, or seniors, I wanted to take the change to highlight a current Junior’s experience in the English department as she looks into her second semester of Junior year and her final Senior year at Duke. Cathy Choi is a... Read More »


Photo of Jessica Q. Stark and Hannah VanderHart

"Excess Women" Presented by The Little Corner Reading Series

Thursday, December 13, 2018

On December 1, a chilly, rainy, Saturday night in Durham NC, several dozen poetry fans ventured out to the Duke Coffeehouse for Little Corner presents: Excess Women.  Jessica Q Stark and Hannah VanderHart both Ph.D. candidates in the Duke English Department are the organizers of Duke's Little... Read More »


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