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Department News & Events

Fall 2014


Visiting Speakers

Friday September 12th 
Michael Bérubé

Spring 2014



Faculty News

  • Dr. Magali Michael has finished her term as Department Chair and Dr. Greg Barnhisel is taking over as Department Chair as of this semester.

  • Professor John Fried has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  

  • Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2014 semester.

Graduate Student News

Emily Rutter and Mary Parish received McAnulty College and Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships for 2013-2014.

Meet some of our Current Ph.D. Students!


Recent Faculty and Student Publications

sthilairebookDr. Danielle St. Hilaire
Satan's Poetry: Fallenness and Poetic Tradition in Paradise Lost. Duquesne University Press, 2012.





mccort book

Dr. Jessica McCort
"‘A Red-Blooded American Girl': Gender, American Culture, and Sylvia Plath." Critical Insights: Sylvia Plath. Salem Press, 2013.

suh book

Dr. Judy Suh
"Jean Rhys' Voyage in the Dark: Immigration, Race, and Empire." Communal Modernisms. Ed. Emily Hinnov. Palgrave Macmillan (2013)



Coffee House Readings

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu


Monday, February 3

Krista Mann (fiction)
Cameron Barnett (poetry)

Tuesday, March 18

Clint Benjamin (creative nonfiction)
Karen Dietrich (creative nonfiction)

Wednesday, April 9

Seth Taggart (fiction)
Karen Dwyer (fiction)


There will be no Colloquium during the Spring 2014 semester due to other events.  Colloquium will resume in Fall 2014.

Dissertation Presentations


:lexicon, Duquesne's Literary and Arts Journal, is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2014 volume! Submissions from faculty and students are welcomed in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 23rd, so submit your work soon! All pieces of visual work will be considered for the issue's cover, and one work of art will also be chosen for an award.  Please visit :lexicon's website for more information and submission guidelines.

Visiting Speakers

Wednesday, April 2
7:00-8:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom

CMU poet Jim Daniels will be doing a public reading at Duquesne for the First-Year Writing Program.  More information about Daniels can be found here.



 The Threepenny Opera
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
October 3-5 and 10-12

Premieres XXXVII
Written and Directed by Students
December 4-7

By August Stramm
February 6-8 and 13-15

Strindberg One Acts
Renowned playwright August Strindberg
April 9-13

One Acts for Charity 
April 23-26

All shows begin at 8:00 pm in Peter Mills Auditorium and are FREE with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.

Visit redmasquers.blogspot.com or send an e-mail to redmasquers@gmail.com for more information.

Graduate Student Events


Upcoming Events

Modernist Studies Association Conference

November 2014

Duquesne University will host the 2014 Modernist Studies Association Conference at the Omni William Penn, November 6-9, 2014.

Please visit the MSA page for more information.


    Alumni Newsletter

    Much Ado

     The department is proud to announce the publication of our Alumni newsletter, "Much Ado". First published in Spring 2008, the newsletter was developed as a way for our graduates to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the department, as well as with each other. The department hopes to publish a new issue each semester.

    We want to hear from you! If you have had any works published, presented papers, received an award or new position, or participated in anything else that you think may be of interest to our Alumni, please let us know.

    Also, let us know if you would like to be included on the newsletter email and/or mailing list.
    Contact: Nora McBurney, at (412)396-6420 or mcburne655@duq.edu

    Current issue:  Vol. 6, Issue 2- Fall 2013

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    Archive of Past Events