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Two books by three Duke English professors' recent publications are among the Spring '24 books on the Duke Today's Spring Books by Duke Authors list: The Palgrave Handbook of European Migration in Literature and Culture by Professors Corina Stan and Charlotte Sussman and The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries by Professor Aarthi Vadde.   read more about Spring Books by Duke Authors: Meditations, Baseball, Rebels and Stomach Pains »

The English Department at Duke University is honored to announce the winners of the 2024 Creative Writing Contests and Creative Writing Scholarships. Annually, the department administers creative writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry works by English majors and non-major undergraduates.  The English Department is honored to announce the winners of its 2024 writing contests. The department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and critical… read more about 2024 Creative Writing Award Winners »

Spring’s crop of books from Duke authors includes a history of grievance in the United States, an up-close look at the camaraderie at Durham Bulls games, and a guide on understanding sex and gender. Below is a roundup of some of the most recent and upcoming published titles. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the… read more about Spring Books in Duke Authors: Meditations, Baseball, Rebels and Stomach Pains »

On March 25th, several Duke English faculty and more than 20 undergraduates met to discuss “Sex, Money, Death (and PIZZA): Why you should be a Creative Writing Minor.” Each semester, the Duke English Department hosts an Open House for students to learn about the craft of creative writing from faculty members whose areas of expertise include poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Faculty share their writing experiences, what attracted them to a particular genre, how they approach writing, what courses they teach, and a… read more about Spring ’24 Creative Writing Open House »

Musical collisions, living monuments, immersive choreography and celebrations of tradition are all part of the performance experience at Duke.  The arts and humanities faculty in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences are gifted creatives, as well as respected educators and researchers. This month, several of them have joined with Duke Arts Presents to present four performances across multiple art forms. Aaron Shackelford, the director of programming for Duke Arts says, “Duke Arts Presents brings world-… read more about Duke Arts Presents Collaborates with Trinity Faculty for Four Performances in April »

Creative Writing minor Tess Redman, ’24, used her Beneson Award in the Arts to fund the production of her play “Sugar at Four in the Morning,” which she also directed. Congratulations, Tess; we are proud of you! Tess Redman '24, a Psychology major with minors in Creative Writing and Spanish, always knew she wanted to produce and direct her play, Sugar at Four in the Morning. Last summer, Redman used her Beneson Award in the Arts funds to develop her play exploring the journey of a… read more about Bringing a Play to Life with the Benenson Award »

An English major can pursue any profession they dream of. Jake Fox, ’18 Duke alum, is a prime example. After graduation, Fox interned with the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers as a summer post-grad Basketball Operations intern. Then he joined the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team as their Assistant Director of Basketball Operations before returning to the Blazers as a Basketball Operations Assistant, where he served for two seasons before being elevated to basketball administration… read more about Jake Fox '18 Personnel Analyst for Portland Trail Blazers »

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Ouma for receiving one of the 2024-25 Research Seed Grants in Documentary Studies from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies for his collaboration with Professor Khwezi Mkhize of the African & African American Studies for their "Black Archival Imagination: The Hugh Exton Photographic Museum." read more about Documentary Studies Grants Awarded to Faculty for Research and Course Development »

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Nathaniel Mackey is one of the 2024 recipients of the Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award. The selection of recommended recipients is made annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Awards Committee, which consists of all prior recipients of the Frantz Fanon, the Nicolás Guillén, and the Stuart Hall Awards, two appointed senior scholars, and two appointed junior scholars. For more information, please consult:… read more about The Caribbean Philosophical Association’s 2024 Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Nathaniel Mackey »

When we think of style, we usually think about the clothes a person wears, how they act, how they choose to present themselves to the world. In his new book "Style: A Queer Cosmology," Taylor Black, assistant professor of English, looks at icons of American culture who figured out how to express style in what he calls a “non-typical way.” The book is divided in three parts. Part One, “The Mystery of Personality: Queerness as Style” revolves around Quentin Crisp and Flannery O’Connor. Part Two, “The Arrow of Time… read more about Style: A Queer Cosmology — Redefining Expression and Identity »

The Palgrave Handbook of European Migration in Literature and Culture, edited by Professors Corina Stan and Charlotte Sussman, was released in November 2023. "The Palgrave Handbook of European Migration in Literature and Culture engages with migration to, within, and from Europe, foregrounding migration through the lenses of historical migratory movement and flows associated with colonialism and postcolonialism. With essays on literature, film, drama, graphic novels, and more, the… read more about "The Palgrave Handbook of European Migration in Literature and Culture” Edited by Stan and Sussman »

Students in Professor JP Gritton's Fall '23 "Intro to Creative Writing: Writing as Practice" class veered from the traditional classroom setting and enjoyed several inspirational creative writing excursions. These trips, along with a guest lecture on utilizing archives in writing, provided students with physical, mental, and sensory stimulation for their writing assignments. "My idea (for this course) grows out of a powerful sense that all art forms—music, dance, visual art, theater, writing, even cuisine—inform and… read more about In Search of Inspiration – Fall '23 English 110S "Intro to Creative Writing: Writing as Practice" »

Jessica Covil-Manset, Ph.D., recently joined the staff of The Graduate School as a Communications Specialist. She graduated from Duke with a Ph.D. in English in 2022 after earning a B.A. in English and Spanish at the University of Chicago. She continues to connect with the graduate student community through her work at TGS. Learn more about Jess and her journey at TGS in this Q&A. read more about Q&A with Jessica Covil-Manset: Meet The Graduate School’s New Communications Specialist! »

Duke senior Chloe Nguyen, from Las Vegas, Nev., and recent alumnus Christopher (Chris) Kuo, from Wellesley, Mass., received the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. They are two of the 12 Americans selected this weekend for the program, which supports a year of graduate study in Ireland. This year, nearly 350 students applied for the scholarship, named in honor of U.S. Sen. George Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. Recipients are chosen based on academic distinction, leadership, and service. “I am… read more about Duke Senior, Alumnus Win Mitchell Scholarships »

Has your class discussed "Like a Prayer" by Madonna this semester? If not, you have missed out and are not enrolled in Professor Tom Ferraro's "Madonna Trouble.” Last year, during one of his graduate-level lectures, Ferraro mentioned that he taught a "Madonna unit" in his Italian-American arts and multimedia courses, and his students responded with, "You gotta teach a course on Madonna!" "Truth is, I can't imagine education in the 20th Century transnational U.S. expressive culture without Madonna (as I can't imagine… read more about “Madonna Trouble” Taught by Professor Tom Ferraro »

Congratulations to Duke English majors Macey Davis, "Crown Ascent," and Heidi Smith, "First World Problems," who, along with their projects, were selected to be a part of the 2023-24 Duke Arts Studio Student Cohort. The seventh year of Duke’s signature arts mentorship program pairs thirteen students with professional mentors to develop their creative projects, including literature, theater, film, visual arts and more. read more about Announcing the 2023-24 Duke Arts Studio Student Cohort »