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The Literary Arts community at Duke includes student-run organizations, research opportunities, and an academic program in literature, which offers a Major, Minor, Film & Media concentration, Marxism & Society Certificate and a Global Cultural Studies track.

"Duke's Literature Program seeks to rethink what comparison might mean in a world rapidly being altered by complex forces of economic and technological integration.  Although a focus on language, literature, and aesthetics continues to ground our work, we have pioneered by drawing together philosophical and theoretical reflections on the status of “literature” and “culture” with work in history, political economy, the sociology of culture, anthropology, visual culture, and cinema studies, all of which seeks to make sense of the complex factors affecting the historically changing nature of the relationship between society and culture.


Literature has, in short, employed philosophical critique to interrogate and mediate our relationship to the social sciences thereby modeling a new kind of program in global studies from the perspective of the humanities, a program that recognizes that literature and culture are always crucially important agents in the understanding, definition and alteration of social formations."

academic program

> Literary Arts Grants

Grants for the publication of prose and poetry

> Benenson Awards in the Arts

Apply for funding for an arts-centered project

> Rosati Creative Writing Award

Recognition of an outstanding works of creative writing

opportunities & resources


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