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Miller with her admission to the Georgia Court of AppealsStaci Miller '11, associate city attorney for the city of Atlanta, shared how her Duke English major helped her as a young black woman in the field of law. Miller was an English and Spanish double major with a minor in psychology at Duke and received her law degree from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in 2015.  After receiving her juris doctor Miller served as a law clerk for the Lexington-Fayette Urban… read more about Q&A with English Alum Staci Miller, ‘11 »

There’s a lot of talk throughout higher education about how to attract students of color and students without a legacy background into graduate studies and academic careers, particularly in fields such as the social sciences, arts and humanities. While other programs have been seeking solutions, the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship has been doing this work successfully for several decades, benefiting both Duke faculty and students. Candis Watts SmithNow, Duke is looking to grow the… read more about Mellon-Mays Fellows: Building Opportunities for Students, Diversity in the Academy »

Changes to the Duke English Department's administration came with the new fiscal year. Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) positions transitioned on July 1. The department would like to thank our departing Chair, Robert Mitchell, and DUS Corina Stan.  After four years, Professor Robert Mitchell was succeeded as Department Chair by Professor Charlotte Sussman. Mitchell served as Chair during the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the department to make significant adjustments and look for new ways of… read more about Sussman and Vadde New English Department Officers »

“Keep a Dickens novel around you always. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll be eager to know what happens next.” Michael Malone, former Duke professor of theater studies and English who died on August 19, as remembered by Deborah Jakubs, university librarian emerita. As part of a celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens in 2012, Malone delighted an audience in the Gothic Reading Room by reading from Dickens novels in character… read more about In Memoriam: Michael Malone »

J.P. Gritton wasn’t always interested in mystery writing. The assistant professor of the practice in creative writing has since changed his mind, not only teaching students to appreciate the role of the genre but incorporating the hallmarks of mystery writing into his own works. His debut novel, Wyoming — a Kirkus best debut book of 2019 — tells the story of a struggling Colorado man in the 1980s through the blending of mystery, crime and literary fiction elements. In a recent interview, Gritton reflects on a mystery… read more about J.P. Gritton Reflects on the Ubiquity of the Mystery Genre »

Congratulations to the 2022 Critical Essay and Creative Writing Scholarships winners! Stanley E. Fish Award for Outstanding Work in British Literature: Kari Tora Larsen, ‘22 This award recognizes outstanding work by an undergraduate enrolled in an English course in British Literature. Award for Most Original Honors Thesis: Taylor Madison Plett, ‘22 This award recognizes a senior student for writing the most original honors thesis. William… read more about 2022 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners »

“It is speech and visibility that give us any political power we have. It is speech and visibility that apparently make us threatening.” Detail from a manuscript essay by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick that was published in 2014 with the title “Censorship & Homophobia,” by Gullotine, New York, NY. The publisher, printer, and binder, Sarah McCarry, discovered the manuscript during her work helping to prepare the collection to come to Duke. The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture is pleased to announce that the … read more about Work and Love are Impossible to Tell Apart: The Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Papers »

Congratulations to Anya Lewis-Meeks on being awarded the 2022 Stephen J. Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Lewis-Meeks, who taught English 110S.03 “Intro to Creative Writing” in the fall semester was selected by Professor Kathy Psomiades, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), and the advisory committee, Professor Taylor Black and Professor Tsitsi Jaji, based on course evaluations and student nomination. Duke English is excited to award her with this well-earned honor.  Lewis-Meeks listed “building a diverse community… read more about Anya Lewis-Meeks, English Ph.D. Candidate is Honored with Teaching Award  »

Duke Today's recent article on new books by Duke faculty members includes English faculty members Mesha Maren "Perpetual West" and Mark Anthony Neal's "Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Musical Archive" new works. read more about From Ancient Rome to Small-Town Mississippi, New Books by Duke Authors Capture the Imagination This Spring »

During the Spring 2022 semester, Professor Sarah Beckwith was asked to teach one of Duke English's gateway courses. "When the department asked me to teach a 101 class, I knew I wanted to call it ‘Arts of Attention,” stated Professor Beckwith.  We are living in an "attention economy" where our attention is grabbed, bought, and sold. It is a commodity. Our interests, desires, and preferences are data mined for advertising and are funding a new generation of unscrupulous media enterprises. And it is making us all distracted… read more about Professor Beckwith’s English 101S – Arts of Attention »

One important academic lesson of the pandemic was that despite COVID restrictions, many Duke undergraduate students continued to conduct valuable research in collaboration with faculty members. This week, that research was showcased when three juniors were named Faculty Scholars, the university’s highest honor for students presented by faculty. The awards went to Patrick Duan, for research studying historical dynamics of racial and ethnic minorities; Jenny (Yijian) Huang, for developing new statistical methodology for… read more about Three Juniors Selected as Faculty Scholars for Excellence in Research »