Professor of the Practice of English
Melissa Malouf is Professor of the Practice of English. She teaches courses in creative writing and (mainly) contemporary literature. She is the author of two novels, More Than You Know and It Had to Be You (Avisson Press, 1997) and a collection of stories, No Guarantees (William Morrow, 1990). One of the stories in this collection, "The Golden Robe," was awarded a prestigious Pushcart Prize (1989). Several of her stories have been cited for excellence by both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories; two of them appear in North Carolina anthologies of contemporary literature. She has written three one-act plays, which premiered at Duke, as well as two opera libretti, one of them commissioned by The Durham Arts Council. Dr. Malouf is the recipient of The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997). She earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her roles as a member of Duke's English Department, she works on Selection and Recruitment for the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows.
- Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 1979
Malouf, M. “Review of Isabel Allende’s "Inez of My Soul".” News & Observer, Dec. 2006.
Malouf, M. “Nobel Talk. Review of J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello..” The News & Observer, Oct. 2003.
Malouf, M. “The Soul on the Brink of Extinction. Review of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake..” The News & Observer, June 2003.
Malouf, M. “Life With a Troubled Mother. Review of Virginia Holman’s Rescuing Patty Hearst..” The News & Observer, Mar. 2003.
Malouf, M. “Parisians Find Ooh-la-la in America’s Heartland. Review of Ron Hansen’s Isn’t it Romantic..” The News & Observer, Mar. 2003.
Malouf, M. “He Shrugs in the Face of Evil. Review of Review of Howard Norman’s The Haunting of L..” The News & Observer, June 2002.
Malouf, M. “Botany and Other Blessings. Review of Review of Andrea Barrett’s Servants of the Map..” News and Observer, 2002.
Malouf, M. “Square Pegs in a Jagged World. Review of Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up..” The News & Observer, Sept. 2001.
Malouf, M. “Love Among the Ruins. Review of Barry Hannah’s Yonder Stands Your Orphan..” The News & Observer, July 2001.
Malouf, M. “Pilgrims’ Progress. Review of Review of Peggy Payne’s Sister India..” The News & Observer, Jan. 2001.