David Need
Lecturing Fellow of Religion

I have taught at Duke since 1999, primarily in Religious Studies. I developed the ICS gateway class and taught it from 2005-2012. My academic expertise is in Asian Religions and in Literature and Religion, with a focus on poetics, ritual and meditation systems.

In addition to scholarly articles, I have published three books — two are translations and essays on Rainer Maria Rilke, the third is a selection of my own poetry, including a long poem set alongside the Gospel of Mark.

Current Research Interests

° Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
° Non-dual awareness and poetics
° Influence of Buddhism on 20th Century American Poetry
° Women's Religious Experience & Poetics

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • 317 Gray, Durham, NC 27708
  • Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0259

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