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Pride and the Posthuman Luoshu Zhang, Duke English PhD Candidate "While queer theory can offer non-normative ways to understand the human, Luoshu Zhang’s (she/her) research focuses on the posthuman—specifically, the idea of letting go of the human and what that might open up."     read more about Graduate Research in Queer Studies and the Many Expressions of Pride »

Earlier this year, The Atlantic published its most recent list of "The Great American Novels." This list includes great American authors like James Baldwin, Judy Blume, and Ralph Ellison, well-known novels such as The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, and Family Life written by Duke English's Akhil Sharma, Adele Schiff Professor of the Practice. The Atlantic's list places Sharma's Family Life in the company of literary… read more about The Atlantic Magazine's The Great American Novels List Includes Professor Akhil Sharma's "Family Life" »

Are you an undergraduate who enjoys creative writing?  You could win an award for your talents! The Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award The Rosati Creative Writing Prize is awarded each spring in recognition of an outstanding work of creative writing.  All Duke first year or sophomore students are eligible to submit work for consideration.  Projects may be any genre and take any form (audio/video, digital media, etc.), but must include a substantial creative writing… read more about DUL Creative Writing Awards - Deadlines June 15, 2024 »

Three undergraduate students whose research shows their deep expertise on number theory, 19th century American history and analysis of poetry were honored with Faculty Scholar Awards, the highest honor bestowed by university faculty on undergraduates. Presented through the Academic Council, the 2024 winners are Sarah Konrad, Arielle Stern and Marie-Hélène Tomé. The award was established to highlight students who are likely to pursue a scholarly career and already have established a record of research and independent study… read more about Three Juniors Named Faculty Scholars »

2022-23 Reuben-Cooke Fellows at Duke, Faulkner Fox, Lecturing Fellow of English, “Plays that Change the World” Fox led a project highlighting the work of Black playwrights and theater professionals across North Carolina. The grant allowed Fox to take her Spring 2023 students to plays featuring Black artists and playwrights across the state, and to bring theater professionals to her class for related discussions. She also hired theater studies major Anastacia Pogodina as a teaching assistant. read more about Reuben-Cook Fellows Honor Legacy of Groundbreaking Alum  »

We are pleased to announce that Effie Harrington is the 2024 recipient of the Stephen Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching. Harrington was nominated by five students in her Spring ’24 “Inventing Childhood” course.  One of the students stated in their nomination: "Effie Harrington is an outstanding teacher and inspiring mentor. I looked forward to her creative, engaging lectures and the detailed feedback she provided on writing assignments, which helped me refine my ideas and become a better writer. Her… read more about Effie Harrington, Ph.D. Candidate, Receives 2024 Stephen Horne Excellence in Teaching Award »

Quote from George Lee, Co-Head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Institute:  “Some of the skills that are really salient to cooperate with this new of intelligence in the world are critical thinking, understanding logic and rhetoric, the ability to be creative,” he continued. “It will allow non-technical people to accomplish a lot more — and, by the way, begin to perform what were formerly believed to be technical tasks.” read more about The Rise of the English Major: BlackRock COO Wants to Recruit Liberal Arts Analysts That ‘Have Nothing to Do With Finance or Technology' »

Duke alumnus Dr. Daniel Saurborn recenctly spoke at a Duke Humanities in Medicine (HuMed) Celebration. Saurborn is a physician-entrepreneur, biomedical engineering and English double major graduate ('92), and the founder of numerous telehealth companies.  These include Radiology 24/7 (a leading provider of medical imaging services), PrayerSpark (a novel platform to send prayers and positive affirmations to anyone in the world regardless of religious affiliation), and Arete… read more about Said@Duke: Dr. Daniel Saurborn on Combining Studies In Biomedical Engineering, English and Medicine »

Embark on an intellectual odyssey with Professor Christopher Ouma, our distinguished guest, who delivers a masterclass on African literature's profound role in crafting Pan-African identity. As a newly minted associate professor at Duke University, Christopher traces his journey from the vibrant heart of Kenya to the halls of academia, offering us a window into the soul of a continent through its stories. Together, we reminisce about the transformative power of education and the written word in shaping identity,… read more about Shaping Pan-African Imagination and Solidarity: A Conversation with Literary Critic and Professor Christopher Ouma »

Professor Chris Ouma, who joined the Duke English faculty this academic year, and Professor Khwezi Mkhize, Duke African & African American Studies, collaborated in Spring ’24 to co-teach English 590S, cross-listed as AAAS 590S, “Black Archival Imagination.” The central theme of this course addressed two questions: What do we mean when we invoke the idea of a Black Archive? What are the conditions, genres, and modes of expression through which Black life, imagination, and desire become legible?  Professors Ouma and… read more about Spring 2024 Black Archival Imagination Seminar Series »

This Spring, "poetry" has been the central theme for Duke English and the featured genre for events and courses. The department's course offerings included poetry-centric classes ranging from the traditional "Milton" course taught by Professor David Aers to "Poetry Beyond the Pages" taught by Blackburn Distinguished Artist in Residence, poet Toby Martinez de las Rivas. Throughout the semester, I had the opportunity to observe poetry-centric classes taught in the department which allowed me to experience what students are… read more about Spring 2024 Poetry-Centric Duke English Courses »

Five Trinity students made their way to South Bend, Indiana for the 18th annual ACC Meeting of the Minds conference in April. Thang Lian, Sasha Bacot, Julia Davis, Abby Cortez and Trisha Santanam were selected to represent Duke and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in the annual research conference celebrating undergraduate research and creative inquiry. Hosted this year by the University of Notre Dame, the Meeting of the Minds invites students from the 15 Atlantic Coast Conference member schools to participate by… read more about Trinity Students Head to the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference »

What do you think is the most relevant part of your English degree to your medical training? My English degree focused on narrative writing. I loaded my credit hours with creative and expository writing classes from Reynolds Price, Melissa Lentricchia, Lee Smith, Michael Moon, and Elizabeth Cox. In the field of medicine, effective communication of thoughts and themes is a cherished and somewhat rarefied skill among a peer group of left-brained scientists. While my Biomedical Engineering and premedical… read more about Duke HuMed Celebrations - Q&A with Dr. Daniel Saurborn »

This semester, Duke English hosted "Spring into Poetry," a series of poetry-themed events open to the Duke community and fellow poetry lovers. The series consisted of workshops, readings, and performances adapted from poetry. These events featured Duke English faculty, students, and invited poets, scholars of the genre, and performers. The Living Voice: Creating a Poem’s Unique Speaker” featuring Yerra Sugarman A workshop featuring Yerra Sugarman, co-… read more about REVIEW: “Spring into Poetry” Series »

Duke English would like to congratulate our Ph. D.s, to whom the Graduate School awarded fellowships to support their research and professional development. Will Brewbaker - Dissertation Research Travel Award (Domestic) James Draney - Graduate School Administrative Internship Julia Gordon - James B. Duke Fellowship Anya Lewis-Meeks - Dissertation Research Travel Award (Domestic) and Julian Price… read more about Ph.D. Fellowship Snapshots 2023-2024 »