Language & Literature 423
Department of English
I grew up near Portland, Oregon, earning my B.A. at Portland State University and M.A. at the the University of Oregon. During a 12-year hiatus from academics, I ran a family-owned advertising agency. After deciding I'd rather read books for a living, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Washington. I have taught at CWU since 1998, specializing in eighteenth-century and Romantic period British literature, the novel, poetry, and literary theory. My current scholarly interests include narratology, space in literature, and the representation of embodied thinking in the novel. In my spare time I enjoy watching birds, peering through a telescope at faint nebulae, and suffering defeat from my more skilled colleagues at ping pong.
Ph.D., English, University of Washington, 1997. Dissertation: Historical Space in the Eighteenth-Century Novel, directed by Marshall Brown
M.A., English, University of Oregon, 1979
B.A., English Portland State University, 1976 (Honors)
Chair, Department of English, 2007 – 2018
Professor, 2011 - 2020
Associate Professor, Department of English, 2003 - 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of English, 1998 - 2003
Acting Instructor, Department of English, University of Washington, 1997-98
Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, 1992-95
Other experience: Owner/Creative Director, Tom Drake & Associates Advertising 1979-1991
Most relevant service:
Department Chair, 2007-2018
General Education Redesign Team, 2016-2017
University Budget and Finance Committee, 2014-present
Faculty Senate Budget and Planning Committee, 2015-present
Faculty Senate Executive Committee 2015-2016
Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee, 2002-2003, 2013-2016 (as Executive Committee Liaison 2015-2016.)
Strategic Planning Core Theme 1 Work Group, 2014-2015
Chair, Ad hoc University Writing Assessment Committee, 2012-2013
High-Impact Practices Committee, 2012-14
Chair, Remediation Program Analysis Task Force, 2011-2012
Academic Planning Task Force III, 2011-2012
Professional Records Committee, 2010-2011, 2012-2013
Academic Assessment and Accountability Committee, 2000-2005
Chair, Ad hoc Writing across the Curriculum Committee, 2008-2013
Faculty Senator, 2012-Present; Alternate, 2001-2005, 2009-2012
Provost Search Committee 2015-2016
Chair, Douglas Honors College Director Search
SOURCE Session Chair, 2012
SOURCE Mentor for Rachel Roddy, 2011
Education Writing Assessment Committee, 2008 – 2009
SOURCE Judge, 2008
University Information Technology Committee, 2001-2004
Media Equipment and Technology Committee, 2001-2004
Faculty Panel for McNair Scholars, 2002
Organized panel on “Writing Outside of the English Department” for Faculty Development Day, 2001.
Board of Academic Appeals and Academic Standing, 1999-2000
Douglas Honors College Lectures (1999-Present):
CAH Awards Judge, 2011
CAH Awards Judge, 2008
Chair, 2007 - Present
Undergraduate Coordinator (Interim), 2005-2006
Chair, Website Committee, 2005-2006
Personnel Committee, 2000-2006
Undergraduate Committee, 1998-2006
Ad hoc Committee on Survey Courses, 2004
Search Committee for American Literature Position, 2002-2003
Graduate Committee, 1999-2002
Interim Graduate Coordinator, Spring 2001
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Modern Language Association
Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Associate Editor, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 2002-2003.
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 2016
Modern Philology, 2012
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2004-2011
Poetry Textbook for Pearson Education, 2004
Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, Ellensburg Chapter. Past board member.
CAH Outstanding Department Chair Award, 2016
Merit Award for Chairpersonship and Teaching, 2016
Performance Adjustment (Merit) 2012
CAH Distinguished Chair Award, 2009
Teaching Interests and Specialties:
Courses Taught at CWU:
ENG 418/518 Advanced Literary and Critical Theory
ENG 410/514 Major Figures: Blake, Wollstonecraft, and the Age of Revolution
ENG 410/514 Major Figures: Wordsworth and Coleridge
ENG 410/514 Major Figures: Writing London
ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (face-to-face and online)
ENG 453 Studies in Fiction: The Novel and Narratology (face-to-face and online)
ENG 451 English Novel I
ENG 448 World Novel I
ENG 383/418 Literary and Critical Theory (Undergraduate)
ENG 372 Literature and History II: Reason and Revolution
ENG 362 Shakespeare: The Later Plays
ENG 307 English Literature III (1832 - Present)
ENG 306 English Literature II (1660 - 1832)
ENG 303 Principles of English Studies
ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics
ENG 105 The Literary Imagination
ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Responding
HUM 102 Western Culture 16th - 19th Centuries (Humanities)
ENG 596 Graduate Independent Study courses on the Victorian Novel, The Gothic, Mary
Wollstonecraft, British Literary Periods and Periodization, The Sublime in Poetry and Painting, Teaching College Literature, Romanticism, Romantic Autobiography, Romantic Narrative, and Northrop Frye.
ENG 496 Undergraduate Independent Study courses on Reason and Revolution and Jane Austen
Courses Taught at the University of Washington:
ENG 332 Romantic Poets II: Byron, Keats, and Shelley
ENG 329 Rise of the English Novel
ENG 287 Advanced Composition
ENG 212 Reason and Revolution
ENG 229 English Literature 1600-1800
ENG 131 English Composition
ENG 121 English Composition: Literature
ENG 111 English Composition: Social Issues
Graduate Faculty Status: Regular Graduate Faculty
Graduate Thesis Committees:
Anne Dennon 2017
Cameron Sedlacek 2015
Charles Gornik 2012
Chelsea Brandon, 2011
Paula Collucci, 2010
Sara-June Treadwell, 2008
Prairie Brown, 2004
Shawn Gaspaire (Education), 2003
Graduate Superior Paper Committees:
Andrew Behler, 2009
Graduate Creative Projects Committees:
Ryan Bailey, 2016
Jessica Nelson, 2010
Graduate Theses Directed:
Marnie Hartill, 2006
Rene Hicks, 2006
Jessica Durgan (Distinguished Thesis Award), 2006
Charles Rocha, 2002
Graduate Superior Papers Directed:
Billy Gibson, 2006
Mali Mohr, 2004
Kevin Leaverton, 2001
Graduate Exam Committees:
Emma Saucedo 2017
Ryan Phill, 2010
Ana La Paz, 2010
Eugene Hutchins, 2010
Graduate Exam Committees Directed:
JoLyn Reisdorf, 2009
Douglas Honors College Theses Directed:
Sarah Nassif 2012
Lindsey Powers Gay, DHC Distinguished Thesis, 2006
Mary Weaver, 2005
Douglas Honors College Thesis Committee:
Nathan Thomas, 2011
Interests and Specialties:
Space in Literature
Sir Walter Scott
“‘Fanciful Devotion’: Ritual in Walter Scott’s Old Mortality.” Studies in Romanticism 49 (Spring 2010): 133-151.
“The Dialectics of Inside and Outside: Dominated and Appropriated Space in Defoe’s Historical Fictions,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 14 (2002): 125-140.
“‘The Ordinary Rules of the Pavé’: Urban Spaces in Scott’s Fortunes of Nigel,” Studies in the Novel 33 (2001): 416-429.
“Placing the Canon: Literary History and the Longman Anthology of British Literature,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 1 (2001): 197-201.
“Historical Space in the ‘History of’: Between Public and Private in Tom Jones,” ELH 66 (1999): 707-737.
“Tom Jones and Alsatia.” Notes and Queries 242 (1997): 199-201.
“Ritual in Joseph Andrews.” Henry Fielding in Our Time. Ed. J. A. Downie. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 133-145.
“Historical Space in the ‘History of’: Between Public and Private in Tom Jones,” Novels for Students Vol. 18. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2003. 181-186 (Shorter version of journal article).
“What Can I Do About My Students’ Appalling Grammar?” In the Trenches: Teaching and Learning in Sociology. New York: Norton, 2016. 333-334.
“The Book’s Body: Embodied Thinking and the Material Text in Sterne.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, October 2015.
“‘To One Thing Constant Never’: Problematizing Historical Experience in Edgeworth and Scott.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (ASECS), V.ancouver, BC, March 2011.
“Worldmaking in Maria Edgeworth's Irish Novels.” American Society for the Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (ASECS), Albuquerque, NM, March 2010.
“What is Historical Space?” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (ASECS), Richmond, VA, March 2009.
“Gothic Irony in The Minstrel and The Old Manor House.” ASECS, Portland, April 2008.
“Ritual in Joseph Andrews.” Tercentenary Henry Fielding Conference, London, April 2007.
“‘Where Gaming and Grace Each Other Embrace’: Bath, Transgression, and Methodism in The New Bath Guide and The Spiritual Quixote.” ASECS, Las Vegas, April 2005.
“The Readers in Blake.” Joint meeting of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NWSECS), Vancouver, November 2003.
“The Production of Urban Space in Charlotte Smith’s Political Novels.” Literary London Conference, London, July 2003.
“Wollstonecraft and the Politics of the Sublime,” NWSECS, Seattle, November 2002.
“Space and Causality in the Historical Tale,” NWSECS, Portland, November 2001.
“Gender, Georgic, and Geography in Wollstonecraft's Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,” National Association for the Study of Romanticism, Seattle, August 2001.
“Georgic Nationalism,” NWSECS, Portland, November 2000.
“Scott’s Urban Spaces,” International Scott Conference, Eugene, Oregon, July 1999.
“History and Spatiality in Scott’s Old Mortality,” Modern Language Association, San Francisco, December 1998.
“Evidence and Spatiality in Radcliffe’s Italian,” International Graduate Student Romanticism Conference, Seattle, 1997.
Respondent, Panel on “The City,” ASECS, 1996.
“‘So Soldierly a Stile’: Military Space in Defoe’s Memoirs of a Cavalier,” Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Spokane, 1995.
“Nature, History, and Space in White’s Natural History of Selborne,” Northeast Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Ottawa, 1995.
“‘Uncertaine Waies’: The Spatialization of History in Coopers Hill,” Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Washington, 1995.
“The Castle of Otranto as Historical Novel,” Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, BC 1994.
“The Gender of Skepticism: Reading Faces in Macbeth,” Lewis & Clark Gender Symposium, Portland, 1992.
Congratulations to Emily Holyoak (Professional & Creative Writing major) whose debut Young AdultCongratulations To Karla Maravilla!
Congratulations to Karla Maravilla (double major in Language & Literature and Professional &Congratulations To Gianna Starble!
Congratulations to Gianna Starble (Professional & Creative Writing major) whose hybrid prose/poe