Departmental News


  Florence Dore co-authors “Rebel Yale,” an article analyzing Trump –era elitism. The piece landed “most read” on LARB for two weeks running. Read it here       "It is precisely his refusal to speak directly about “issues” that makes J. D. Vance the new pundit for white people, and that makes Hillbilly Elegy so widely appealing."
Professor Randall Kenan has been inducted into the North Carolina Writer's Hall of Fame. Kenan joins four other inductees recognized this year for their contributions to the state's literary excellence. In announcing Kenan's induction, the Hall of Fame notes many of his accomplishments: Randall Kenan, a native of Duplin County, is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of... read more
  Once again, the department has been recognized for its excellence in teaching. Multiple members of the faculty have recently recieved awards for their teaching:   Laura Halperin has won the Chapman Family Teaching Award   Cynthia Current has won the Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching   Marc Cohen has won the Tanner Award for... read more
The Department of English and Comparative Literature's Dr. William Andrews has been awarded the Jay B. Hubbell Medal by the American Literature Society. As their website says, "The Hubbell Medal, which has been awarded since 1964, is named for the founding editor of American Literature. Jay B. Hubbell, a long-time professor at Duke University, was one of the pioneers of American literary... read more
      The Modern Language Association of America awarded the sixteenth annual William Sanders ScarboroughPrize to GerShun Avilez, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for his book Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism, published by the University of Illinois Press. Read the press release here.     
Listen to ECL's Dr. Gabrielle Calvocoressi's discussion becoming a writer and inspiration for writing here.
The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Stephanie Foote  West Virginia University, "Garbage Humanities”  Thursday, December 7th  7:00 p.m.   The Pink Parlor East Duke Building Duke University Refreshments provided! —  The garbage we throw away every day indexes the habits of our daily lives, the way we come to feel at home in a world defined by our ability to... read more
In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr. Jordynn Jack co-authored a piece dissecting anti-laptop in the classroom arguments and discussing how the argument against technology in the classroom harms disabled students and their ability to learn in the classroom. Read the article here.

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