The Aesthetic Joy of Writing about Research

Friday, March 24, 2017
On a Thursday afternoon around an oversized table in the Allen Building, a student says they’re unsure about the aesthetic possibility of pipetting (scientifically pouring out fluids through thin tubes) as it appears in the first draft of their essay. The student’s fellow classmates disagree—the... Read More »

In Anxious and Thoughtful Rose-Leaves: Formalistic Thesis Searches for Eliot

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Anna Mukamal (T’17) speaks of T. S. Eliot as a writer who wrote into words the anxiety of his time even while mired in his own anxiety. Eliot was a poet—a seer contributing acts of charity. But in the tense years surrounding World War I in Europe, he was a poet in the lost and lonely spaces of this... Read More »

Eco-Feminism Thesis Pushes for Activist Focus

Monday, February 27, 2017
The woman of the green grass, imbued with the green grass’s charm. The woman who, like a field sowed in the fallow of a Jane Eyre summer, carries her fertility within her. The woman who is a bird, a fig leaf, our idea of hard seeds and each of the hard-sunned seasons. Entrenched in the Victorian... Read More »

Keep Going

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
After years of visionary contributions to Duke University and the academy at large, Karla FC Holloway, retired this month with public announcement of both an annual mentorship award and a fellowship named in her honor.

Trivial Pursuits: What is an intellectual community?

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Professor Aarthi Vadde’s, English 490 course “Trivial Pursuits” from Fall 2016 explored theories of reading and knowledge production.  This course was created to help students answer naysayers who question how certain majors will lead to employment and to explain why the majors in question... Read More »

Science Fiction Writer Returns to Give

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Since Alyssa Wong (’13) started writing, some people have asked her, “Why don’t you write something nice?” At the time of inception, Wong’s stories may be romantic comedies or light fantasies, but ultimately they make their way into the nebulous area of literature known as horror, or dark fantasy.... Read More »

Strandberg: A Teacher and Legend at Duke University

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Victor Strandberg, beloved English professor with 52 years at Duke under his belt, has earned a singularly positive reputation among students and faculty. One of the first things a prospective English student is sure to hear is, "You've got to take a Strandberg class; he has the voice of God." What... Read More »

An Interview with Aarthi Vadde, Author of “Chimeras of Form”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
“I am most interested in those moments in modernist and contemporary fiction where unachievable dreams of global transformation yield critical insights into the world as it currently exists.”—Aarthi Vadde  

A Look Inside Fall 2016's English 90S | African and African American Studies 190S - "Sports & Spectacle"

Monday, December 12, 2016
Would you like to take a course that studies and discusses the world of sports?   During the Fall of 2016, a group of Duke University students did just that.  Sasha Panaram, a Duke University Ph.D. candidate, selected this topic for her Fall 2016 English 90S course "Sports and... Read More »

Recent Graduate Searches for Lost Stories

Sunday, December 11, 2016
When Bailey Sincox (English ‘15) played Adriana in her middle school production of “The Comedy of Errors”, she found William Shakespeare cool: “I thought, ‘This is fun and quirky and we get to talk about inappropriate things!’” Not every 7th grader is so drawn to Shakespeare, but neither is... Read More »