Duke the Program In Literature

Chair

    • Michael Hardt
    • Professor of Literature
    • Michael Hardt's writings explore the new forms of domination in the contemporary world as well as the social movements and other forces of liberation that resist them. In the Empire trilogy -- Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth(2009) -- he and Antonio Negri investigate the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. ...
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

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    • Mark Hansen
    • Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Over the past decade I have sought in my research, writing and teaching to theorize the role played by technology in human agency and social life. In work that ranges across a host of disciplines, including literary studies, film and media, philosophy (particularly phenomenology), science studies, and cognitive neuroscience, I have explored the meaning ...
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Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies

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    • Katherine Hayles
    • Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    • Digital Humanities Electronic Literature Literature, Science and Technology Science Fiction Critical Theroy
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Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies

Faculty

Professors

    • Srinivas Aravamudan
    • Professor of English and Dean of Humanities
    • Srinivas Aravamudan gained his PhD at Cornell University and has taught at the University of Utah, and at the University of Washington. He joined the Duke English Department in the Fall of 2000. He specializes in eighteenth century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. He is the author of essays in Diacritics, ELH, ...
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    • Rey Chow
    • Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature
    • Chow's research comprises theoretical, interdisciplinary, and textual analyses. Since her years as a graduate student at Stanford University, she has specialized in the making of cultural forms such as literature and film (with particular attention to East Asia, Western Europe, and North America), and in the discursive encounters among modernity, sexuality, ...
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    • Roberto Dainotto
    • Chair of Romance Studies
    • Literature and Place, Nationalism and Regionalism, Aesthetic Theory, Italian Idealism, Translation Theory, Autobiography, Ideas of Europe, European Visions of the New World, The Cultural Formation of the Italian Nation.
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    • Ariel Dorfman
    • Distinguished Professor
    • Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies; has a Licenciatura in Comparative Literature from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 1965. He has taught at the Universidad de Chile, the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the University of Amsterdam. His major publications include the essays, How to Read Donald Duck (in collaboration ...
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    • Elizabeth Grosz
    • Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Professor in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Literature
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    • Markos Hadjioannou
    • Assistant Professor
    • The theoretical framework of my research interests focuses on the polymorphism of cinema studies, as well as the potentiality of the “medium” as a process of intermediations. With this in mind, my first research project turned to the impact of digital cinema on contemporary film theory, looking at the relationship between celluloid and digital ...
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    • Mark Hansen
    • Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Over the past decade I have sought in my research, writing and teaching to theorize the role played by technology in human agency and social life. In work that ranges across a host of disciplines, including literary studies, film and media, philosophy (particularly phenomenology), science studies, and cognitive neuroscience, I have explored the meaning ...
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    • Michael Hardt
    • Professor of Literature
    • Michael Hardt's writings explore the new forms of domination in the contemporary world as well as the social movements and other forces of liberation that resist them. In the Empire trilogy -- Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth(2009) -- he and Antonio Negri investigate the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. ...
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    • Katherine Hayles
    • Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    • Digital Humanities Electronic Literature Literature, Science and Technology Science Fiction Critical Theroy
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    • Fredric Jameson
    • Professor
    • Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professorship, Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Romance Studies (French). Professor Jameson received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1959 and taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of California before coming to Duke in 1985. He is the author of Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991, which ...
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    • Ranjana Khanna
    • Professor
    • Ranjana Khanna works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published articles on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, autobiography, postcolonial agency, multiculturalism in an international context, postcolonial Joyce, Area Studies and Women's Studies, and Algerian film. She is the ...
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    • Walter D Mignolo
    • Professor of Literature and William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies; Professor of Cultural Anthropology; Spanish & Latin American Studies
    • The previous categories (Comparative Philosophy, etc.) do not reflect exactly my work. But that is what happened when you have to define yourself according to some else categories. They are institutional categories that do not allow for creativity and force you into the box-cage of orthodox scholarship. My work (thinking, writing, researching, teaching, networking) in the past five ...
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    • Toril Moi
    • James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies
      Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies
    • Toril Moi has three broad areas of interest: feminist theory and women's writing; the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics; and ordinary language philosophy in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Cavell and Austin. Toril Moi also works on theater. In her work on literature and theater she is particularly interested in the emergence of modernism in ...
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    • Valentin Y Mudimbe
    • Professor
    • Newman Ivey White Professor of Literature at Duke University, V.Y. Mudimbe received his Doctorat en Philosophie et Lettres from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1970. In 1997, he became Doctor Honoris Causa at Université Paris VII Diderot, and in 2006, became Doctor Honoris Causa at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Before coming to Duke, he ...
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    • Kenneth J Surin
    • Professor of Literature
    • (Ph.D. Birmingham, England, 1977) is Professor of Literature and Professor of Religion and Critical Theory. He trained initially as an analytical philosopher. His teaching areas include anglophone literatures outside England, philosophy (both analytical and continental), critical theory, marxism, state theory, and international political economy.
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    • Robyn Wiegman
    • Professor
    • Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and formerly the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke, from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988 and has taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. Her publications include ...
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Associate Professors

    • William C. Donahue
    • Professor of German and Professor of Literature and Chair of Germanic Languages
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    • Wahneema Lubiano
    • Associate Professor
    • Associate Professor of Literature (Ph.D., Stanford, 1987). Before coming to Duke she taught at Princeton, the University of Texas at Austin, and Williams College. Her essays and articles have been published in Social Text, Cultural Critique, boundary 2, American Literary History, Callaloo, New Engladn Quarterly, among other publications. She is author of the forthcoming books Messing With the Machine: ...
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    • Negar Mottahedeh
    • Associate Professor
    • Negar Mottahedeh is a cultural critic and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is known for her work on Iranian Cinema, but has also published on the history of reform and revolution, on`Abdu'l-Bahá's vision of human solidarity and peace in the 20th ...
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    • Antonio Viego
    • Associate Professor of Literature and Romance Studies
    • Latino studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer/Lesbian/Gay studies, Twentieth Century American Literatures, Critical Race Theory, Chicana Feminist Theory, Comparative Ethnicities, Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory
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    • Susan Willis
    • Associate Professor
    • Associate Professor of English and The Literature Program. She teaches courses in minority writing and popular culture. She is the author of Specifying: Black Women Writing the American Experience and A Primer for Daily Life. She is coauthor of Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World. Her work aims at revealing the contradictions of capitalism in everyday life ...
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Professors Emeriti

    • Jane M Gaines
    • Professor of Literature and English
    • Professor Gaines is Visiting Professor, Film Division, School of the Arts, Columbia University, during academic year 2007 - 08. Founder of the Program in Film/Video/Digital and founder of the Duke in Los Angeles Program. She won the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for Fire and Desire: Mixed- Blood Movies in the Silent Era (University of Chicago ...
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    • Frank Lentricchia
    • Professor
    • Received his Ph.D. from Duke in 1966 and is Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature and Theater Studies. He has taught at UCLA, UC Irvine and Rice. His chief interests lie in American literature, history of poetry, modernism, the aesthetics of reading, and the history and theory of criticism. His major publications include The Gaiety of Language: An Essay on ...
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    • Janice A Radway
    • Professor of Literature and History
    • (Ph.D. in English and American Studies, Michigan State University, 1977). Before coming to Duke, she taught in the American Civilization Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as editor of the American Quarterly. She is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature, and A Feeling for ...
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    • James Rolleston
    • Professor
    • Professor of German and Literature (Ph.D. Yale, 1968). He has been at Duke since 1975 and is currently chair of the German Department. His books include Kafka 's Narrative Theater (1974), and Narratives of Ecstasy: Romantic Temporality in Modern German Poetry (1987). His research interests focus on romanticism, the Frankfurt School generally, and Walter ...
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    • Barbara H. Smith
    • Braxton Craven Professor of Comparative Literature and English Emerita. Former Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory.
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    • Philip R. Stewart
    • Professor
    • Professor of French (Ph.D., Yale, 1967). His principal research interests are eighteenth-century French literature and intellectual history. His publications in these areas include Imitation and Illusion in the French Memoir-Novel, 1700-1750 (1969), Le Masque et la parole: le language de l 'amour au XVIIIe siècle (1973), Rereadings: Eight Early French Novels (1984), Half-Told Tales: Dilemmas of Meaning in Three ...
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Postdoctoral Fellowships

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    • Nima Bassiri
    • Postdoctoral Associate of Literature and Philosophy and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
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Instructors

Affiliates

    • Stanley Abe
    • Associate Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Literature
    • Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the construction of art historical knowledge. He is writing a critical study of how Chinese sculpture became a category of fine art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study pays special attention to the ...
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    • Peter Burian
    • Professor of Classical & Comparative Literatures, and Theater Studies and Literature
    • Greek literature, particularly drama; theory and practice of literary translation; reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in later thought and arts
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    • miriam cooke
    • Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and Literature
    • Arab cultural studies
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    • Cathy N. Davidson
    • John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English and Interim Director
    • Cathy Davidson has published numerous books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (Oxford, 1986; Expanded Edition 2004), Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Hopkins, 1989), The Book of Love: Writers and Their Love Letters (Pocket/Simon and Schuster, 1992), Thirty-Six Views of Mount ...
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    • N. Gregson G. Davis
    • Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Literature and Dean of Humanities
    • Greek and Latin Poetry; Francophone Caribbean Literature; rhetoric; semiotics; pragmatics
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    • Owen Flanagan
    • James B Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Neurobiology
    • Owen Flanagan (Ph.D. 1978, Boston University) came to Duke as Chair of department in 1993, a post he held until 2000. Since then he has returned to teaching and research full time. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neurobiology and is a Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience. He was previously Class ...
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    • Michael M Morton
    • Associate Professor of German and Research Professor of Literature
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    • Michael Valdez Moses
    • Associate Professor of English and Literature
    • Michael Valdez Moses grew up in Los Angeles and was educated at Harvard, New College, Oxford, and the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Novel and the Globalization of Culture (Oxford UP, 1995), and has edited several collections of critical essays including The Writings of J. M. Coetzee (Duke UP, 1994), Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939 ...
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    • Thomas Pfau
    • Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English; Professor of German and Member of the Duke Divinity School Faculty and Professor of Literature and Eads Family Professor of English
    • A native of Germany, Thomas Pfau began his academic career in 1980 as a student of History and Literature at the University of Constance. In 1982, he came to the U.S. where, at UC-Irvine, he joined the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature and Theory. In 1985, he continued his studies in the Comparative Literature Program at SUNY-Buffalo where ...
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    • Kristine Stiles
    • France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Professor of Literature and affiliated faculty/German Studies; affiliated faculty/Women's Studies; secondary faculty /Theater Studies
    • Kristine Stiles received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her main field of research is contemporary art with a focus on performance art and other interdisciplinary experimental art practices. Her research is especially concerned with the representations of violence, trauma, and destruction internationally. She is the recipient of Duke University's Richard K. Lublin Distinguished Award for Teaching (1994), the Fulbright (1995), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim (2000), among others fellowships. ...
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    • Marianna Torgovnick
    • Professor of English and Literature and Director, Duke in New York Program
    • Marianna Torgovnick writes on the novel and novel theory, postcolonialism, modernism, and the twentieth century more generally, and especially on contemporary American issues. She specializes equally in British and American literature and culture. She has published Closure in the Novel (Princeton, 1981), and The Visual Arts, Pictorialism, ...
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    • Annabel J Wharton
    • William B. Hamilton Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Professor of Literature
    • My work has focused on Late Antique and Byzantine art and culture, but I have also investigated the effect of modernity on the medieval past and its landscapes, first in my study of the first generation of Hilton International Hotels (Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture, University of Chicago Press, 2001) ...
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