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David Need, Lecturing Fellow of Religion

David Need

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  317 Gray, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-6575
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2020):

  • RELIGION 281.01, BEAT GENERATION SPIRITUALITY Synopsis
    Gray 228, M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENGLISH 281.01, LIT 281.01)
Education:

Ph.D.University of Virginia2004
Specialties:

Buddhism
Religion
Hinduism
Culture
Keywords:

Beats (Persons) in literature • Indo-tibetan Buddhism • Rainer Maria Rilke • Religion and poetry • Religions of India • Sanskrit literature, Buddhist Hybrid

Curriculum Vitae
Postdocs Mentored

  • Susan Langford (Spring 2009 Semester)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. French: Rainer Maria Rilke translated by David Need, in Fafnir's Heart World Poetry in Translation, edited by Chabria, PS (December, 2018), Bombaykala Books, ISBN 8193835387 (translated by Need, D.)  [abs]
  2. German: Rainer Maria Rilke translated by David Need, in Fafnir's Heart World Poetry in Translation, edited by Chabria, PS (December, 2018), Bombaykala Books, ISBN 8193835387 (translated by Need, D.)  [abs]
  3. Rilke, RM, From Notebooks and Personal Papers (October, 2018), pp. 210 pages, ISBN 1848616023  [abs]
  4. Need, D, Songs In-Between the Day / Offshore ST. Mark — Two Suites (2015), pp. 69 pages, Three Count Pour Press, ISBN 9780988937758  [abs]
  5. Rilke, RM, Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, edited by Need, D (July, 2014), pp. 213 pages, Horse and Buggy Press, ISBN 0989640108 (translated by Need, D.)  [abs]


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