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Congratulations to the 2018 Harry Levin Prize Winner, Prof. Aarthi Vadde

Monday, April 9, 2018

University Assistant Professor of English, Aarthi Vadde is this year’s winner of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Harry Levin Prize for Best First Book in Comparative Literature for her work Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism Beyond Europe, 1914-2016, Columbia... Read More »

Patrick Morgan, 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipient

Patrick Morgan, 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipient

Monday, April 9, 2018

The English Department is proud to acknowledge that Patrick Morgan, English PhD candidate, was selected as one of the 2018 Teaching Award Recipients.  Dean Paula D. McClain announced the 2018 recipients of the Dean’s Awards for Excellence in MentoringExcellence in... Read More »

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The Syllabus: Good news for English majors!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

When I saw the news last month that my alma mater (aka the Alma Mater of the Nation, aka William & Mary) had hired a new president, I was struck by something: Katherine Rowe was an English major in college. That makes one thing (and probably the only thing) we have in common, because, I, too,... Read More »

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Dear English Major Blog

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thank you for your interest in!  My name is Alyssa W. Christensen and I’m the creator and English major behind the blog. After graduating from college, I had no idea what kind of career I wanted to pursue. (Not only did I attend a liberal arts school, but my emphasis was in... Read More »

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'The Myth of English as America's National Language': A Conversation with Dominika Baran

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Duke University linguistics professor talks about her new book, and the power of language in determining inclusion. Read More »

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In Honor of World Poetry Day, Prof. Tsitsi Is Participating in a Reading in Paris

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Professor Tsitsi Jaji has been invited by the World Union of Poets to participate in a poetry reading in Paris.  This event is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Poetry Day. In 1999, the (UNESCO) declared March 21st as World Poetry Day. “... Read More »

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Prof. Jarvis McInnis' Spotlight on Southernist Scholars Initiative Interview

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Spotlight on Southernist Scholars Initiative is a newly created ongoing project that asks scholars to comment on the state of the field in southern studies. The project collects information about how scholars became involved in southern studies, insights they’ve come to through their work,... Read More »

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English 90S.05 “Mystery and Detective Fiction” Field Trip

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gregory Brennen took his English 90S.05 “Mystery and Detective Fiction: Sex and Secrets in Mystery Fiction from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter” on a class field trip.  The class attended a performance of The Moors at Manbites Dog Theater, in Durham, NC.  Brennen... Read More »

2018 VH@Duke Interns

2018 VH@Duke Interns

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The English Department would like to congratulate Jacqueline Kellish and Ben Richardson on being two of the eight Ph.D. students that have been named Versatile Humanists at Duke (VH@Duke) Interns for 2018. Read More »

Living With Uncertainty and Other Winter Reads From Duke Authors

Living With Uncertainty and Other Winter Reads From Duke Authors

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sholarships, memoirs, novels and poems: Faculty and staff offer something for any reader Read More »