Congratulations Class of 2020!

Duke Class of 2020 - Program in Literature

A Message from the Program Officers

Dear graduates of the Global Cultural Studies Major and the Program in Literature:

Our heartiest congratulations on the successful completion of your studies during the COVID-19 global crisis. Watching each of you grow in intellect, imagination, and critical sophistication has been our absolute pride and joy, and we are confident that what you have achieved here is only the beginning of a lifelong process of learning, one that will take you to exciting, if as-yet unknown, destinations. Wherever you are, remember that you have each contributed to the distinction of our major and doctoral program, and that you will always be a precious part of our community, your home. Go forth with curiosity, courage, and fortitude, and live well in good health!

With the warmest blessings on behalf of all Literature faculty, staff, and students,

Rey Chow (Program Director)
Antonio Viego (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Markos Hadjioannou (Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spring 2020)
Mark Hansen (Director of Graduate Studies)

PDF of Program Officers' Message

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The Program in Literature Ph.D.

December 2019 Graduates

Jacob Soule

The City Novel after the City: Planetary Metropolis, World Literature

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May 2020 Graduates

Annu Dahiya

The Conditions of Emergence: Towards a Feminist Philosophy of the Origins of Life

Michael Thomas Gaffney

Our Ice Age: The Geohistorical Imagination in the Northern Hemisphere

Shannan Lee Hayes

An Aesthetic Disposition: Art, Social Reproduction, and Feminist Critique

Renee Ragin

Dwelling in the Barzakh: Mad Archives of the Lebanese Civil War

Cole Alexander Rizki

State Violence and Transgender Cultural Politics in Post-Dictatorship Argentina

William J. Griffith University Service Award: Outstanding Contribution to the Duke Community

Yair Rubinstein

The Logistical Mode of Production: Logistics as a Total Way of Life

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The Global Cultural Studies Major in the Program in Literature

December 2019 Graduates

Dai Li

First Major

Zhengtao Qu

First Major
 

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May 2020 Graduates

William Evan Atkinson

First Major
Beyond Memory: Image, Origin, and the Other in Postwar Autobiography
Highest Distinction
Thesis Advisor: Professor Robyn Wiegman

Nominee: Bascom Headen Palmer Literary Prize

Ethan David Czerniecki

First Major
“Speculative” Histories: Slavery, Mortgages, and Financial Capitalism
Highest Distinction
Thesis Advisor: Professor Robyn Wiegman

Isabel Winifred Hutchins

First Major

Sharon Renee Kinsella

First Major

Anqi Pu

First Major

Nicholas Simmons

First Major

Madeline Olivia Swotes

Second Major

Caroline Gioiosa Waring

First Major
Sapphic Mapping: Counter-Discourse in Three ‘Lesbian’ Novels
Highest Distinction
Thesis Advisor: Professor Catherine Reilly
Winner: 2020 Bascom Headen Palmer Literary Prize, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Annie Chen Yang

Minor

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What Does It Mean to Mark the Moment?

In response to a call for videos answering the question, "What does it mean to mark the moment," Global Cultural Studies Major Zhengtao Qu (Trinity December 2019) submitted this short film.