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2019 English Department Graduation Ceremony in Review

Monday, May 20, 2019

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the 12:30 p.m., the Duke English Department said good-bye to the Class of 2019 and honored them along with family and friends who filed into Reynolds Theater to celebrate with Duke’s graduating English majors as they received their degrees. The graduates and their guests... Read More »


Claire Ravenscroft and Chandler Fry Are Co-Winners of the 2019 Stephen Horne Award

Friday, May 17, 2019

The English Department at Duke University is honored to announce that Claire Ravenscroft and Chandler Fry have been selected as co-winners of the 2019 Stephen Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This award is presented annually to a graduate student instructor in the English Department who... Read More »


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Locus Collection Tracks the Stars and Universe of Sci-Fi

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

“It’s a curious strength Duke has that I didn’t expect,” said D’Alessandro. “I taught this course previously at Harvard, and even the archives there didn’t have anything like this collection, which adds a whole new breadth and depth to the class.” Read More »


The English Department recently announced the winners of its Creative Writing competition.

Creative Writing Awardees Discuss Passion for English, Writing

Monday, April 29, 2019

On April 16th, Duke English announced the winners of its 2019 Creative Writing Contests. To learn more about the awardees and their relationships with creative writing, I reached out to the winners. I previously interviewed Aaron VanSteinberg, pictured top middle, to learn more about his thesis. I... Read More »


Aaron VanSteinberg wrote his senior thesis on William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov.

WXDU DJ Breaks His Thesis Down

Thursday, April 25, 2019

In his last few days of class as an undergraduate at Duke University, senior Aaron VanSteinberg has a lot to reflect on. The Kansas native, studying English with a German minor, sat down to share his work on his thesis, experience as a DJ at WXDU, and his plans for the future. VanSteinberg chose to... Read More »


I accidentally stumbled into the English major—and I'm glad I did!

1800’s American Literature and Me

Thursday, April 25, 2019

It’s the first day of classes of my sophomore year. I take my seat in the front row of a lecture hall for a class about American politics. Computer screens immediately open to Netflix and online shopping pages reveal the truth about this class: it’s painfully boring. Still I brave the course for... Read More »


Chloe McGlynn, Trinity '20, shared her experience as a student in the English Department.

Talking English With Chloe McGlynn

Thursday, April 25, 2019

What is studying English at Duke like? Is it possible to double major with English and another discipline? What advice should prospective English students consider? To learn more about the English Department from an upperclassman perspective, I spoke with Chloe McGlynn. The junior from Livermore,... Read More »


Valerie Muensterman, 2020 Faculty Scholar Recipient

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Duke’s English Department at would like to congratulate one of our own, Valerie Muensterman, Class of 2020, for being designated as a Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2020 by the Academic Council and its Faculty Scholars Committee. The Faculty Scholar is awarded each year to a junior scheduled... Read More »


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“Truly Phenomenal” Doctoral Student and “Unparalleled” Postdoc Honored for Outstanding Mentorship

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Doctoral student Kathleen Burns (English) and postdoctoral associate James Herrera(Evolutionary Anthropology) are the winners of the 2019 Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship. This award recognizes the vital role graduate students and postdocs play in mentoring students on Bass... Read More »


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Congratulations to the 2019 Creative Writing Contest Winners

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Duke English is honored to announce the winners of the 2019 Creative Writing Contests.  English majors and non-major undergraduates are eligible to participate in creative writing contests in the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry works.   FICTION The department offers two awards in... Read More »


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