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Photo of Jessica Covil, the English doctoral candidate teaching the Writing 101 course

New Writing 101 class teaches first-years through black feminist lens

Monday, October 21, 2019

Jessica Covil, a third-year doctoral candidate studying English, African and African American studies and gender, sexuality and feminist studies, is the creator and instructor of the Black Feminism in Pop Culture course.  Read More »


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How America saved old-fashioned English grammar

Monday, October 21, 2019

Is America ruining English or giving it new life? Most of this old transatlantic debate concerns words.  Read More »


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President Price in DC: Discussing University Priorities and Celebrating General Martin Dempsey

Friday, October 18, 2019

President Vincent Price returned to Washington, D.C. on October 16 for a day of meetings and events that emphasized a host of Duke's federal priorities and cultivated both new and existing relationships. Read More »


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English 90S.04 “Success and Failure”: Joker Screening

Thursday, October 17, 2019

On Wednesday, October 9th, students from English 90S.04, “Success and Failure: ‘Striving’ in Literature and Film,” went to see Joker with their professor, Catherine Lee, Ph. D. candidate in English. In class, in the course of exploring various narratives that engage with the theme of... Read More »


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Upcoming From Slavery to Freedom Lab's Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Please join the From Slavery to Freedom Lab on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, for two events with Dr. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of African American and Diaspora Studies at... Read More »


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The Offices Where Great Things Happened

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ranjana Khanna knew former acclaimed author Reynolds Price when the two were fellow Duke Duke Faculty members.  Now Khanna Does her work in the Allen Building office that used to belong to Price.     Read More »


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After Nearly Four Decades at Duke Professor Joseph A. Porter Retires

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

After being a part of the English Department faculty for nearly 40 years, Professor Joseph A. Porter, aka Joe Ashby Porter, has retired.  Prof. Porter joined the faculty at Duke in 1980 after teaching full-time at the University of Virginia and part-time at three other institutions.  During his... Read More »


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Photos Gallery from Caryl Phillips and Amit Chaudhuri Readings at the Blackburn Festival

Friday, September 27, 2019

Caryl Phillips and Amit Chaudhuri were the featured novelists for the 2019 Blackburn Festival Feature Reading session held Thursday, September 26, in the Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Art Center on the campus of Duke University.   Caryl Phillips and Amit Chaudhuri each read from their works... Read More »


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English 90S: Jane Austen Game Night

Friday, September 27, 2019

What could bring a group of busy Duke students together on a Friday night to play a board game? Nineteenth century (British) literature, of course! Our English 90S class, Economics of Romance, had a lovely evening on September 20th enjoying tea, strawberries, and cookies ostensibly shaped like Jane... Read More »


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Opening Night of the 2019 Blackburn Festival Kicked Off Last Night

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The 2019 Blackburn Festival kicked off with Opening Night readings by Duke English Department faculty and staff at the Durham Hotel, located in downtown Durham.   This year's Opening Night included readings by Michelle Dove, English Department Undergraduate Studies Assistant, Professor C. Faulkner... Read More »


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