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College of Arts and Humanities

George Drake

Department of English


Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae | Publications & Conference Papers

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.

Curriculum Vitae


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)


Professional Experience:

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

  • Key accomplishments:
  • Increased total majors by 53% since 2007
  • Department Assessment Plan, 2007
  • CAH award for Department Assessment, 2008
  • Program Review, 2009-10
  • Professional Writing Certificate, 2010
  • Major revision of undergraduate and graduate curriculum, 2011
  • Linguistics Minor, 2011
  • Department Scholarship Fund met funding goal, 2011; instituted annual book sale for fundraising
  • Offered Writing Specialization entirely online, 2013
  • Revised department policies and procedures, 2008 and 2014
  • Converted Writing Specialization to Professional and Creative Writing Major, 2014
  • M.A. Online Professional and Creative Writing, approved 2016

General Education Redesign Team, 2016-2017

  • General Education framework, outcomes, and rules for implementation approved on schedule

University Budget and Finance Committee, 2014-present

  • First CAH faculty representative

Faculty Senate Budget and Planning Committee, 2015-present

  • Founding member. We have worked on giving faculty a voice in budget decisions and the implementation of RCM and ABB. Chaired sub-committee on Summer/148 budgets.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee 2015-2016

  • Worked on developing procedures for faculty input on restructuring.

Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee, 2002-2003, 2013-2016 (as Executive Committee Liaison 2015-2016.)

  • Reviewed and developed academic policy.

Strategic Planning Core Theme 1 Work Group, 2014-2015

  • This committee developed recommendations for reinstating a University Assessment Committee, identifying high-impact practices in assessment, and implementing an assessment plan for General Education.

Chair, Ad hoc University Writing Assessment Committee, 2012-2013

  • I developed a rubric for university-wide assessment of general education writing and writing in major programs, conducted assessment workshops for chairs and faculty, and developed a website. This was the first university-wide general education assessment.

High-Impact Practices Committee, 2012-14

  • Served as a member of a team of faculty and staff who attended an AAC&U workshop and developed plan for implementing high-impact practices. Conducted workshops on using writing for learning and organized a summer institute on high impact practices.

Chair, Remediation Program Analysis Task Force, 2011-2012

  • Developed recommendations for placement testing for English and math, instituting a summer bridge program, and using writing labs for students who do not need a full developmental writing course. The last two recommendations were not instituted for budgetary reasons.

Academic Planning Task Force III, 2011-2012

  • Our committee was charged with reviewing all major undergraduate and graduate programs at CWU and identifying programs for possible reduction or elimination. We considered major counts, whether or not the program was duplicated at other Washington state universities, potential for careers, and brief rationales and program action plans provided by departments. The process resulted in some eliminations and reductions and a larger number of program revisions.

Professional Records Committee, 2010-2011, 2012-2013

  • There were two iterations of this committee, and we ultimately recommended Faculty 180 and made recommendations for implementation.        

Academic Assessment and Accountability Committee, 2000-2005

  • Co-chair 2004-2005. This committee, which no longer exists, reported to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies. We developed a university assessment plan and guidelines for program review. During the year that I co-chaired the committee, we worked on a response to the most recent NWCCU review.

Chair, Ad hoc Writing across the Curriculum Committee, 2008-2013

  • Conducted workshops and a series of lunch meetings for faculty interested in incorporating writing in courses. Faculty Senator 2012-present

Faculty Senator, 2012-Present; Alternate, 2001-2005, 2009-2012


Other service:


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):

  • Cervantes’s Don Quixote
  • Aristotle’s Poetics
  • Malory’s Morte d’Arthur
  • Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads
  • Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
  • Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


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.


Manuscript Review:

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

PMLA, 2004    


Community Service:

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:

  • Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • Romantic Period British Literature
  • The Novel
  • History of Literary Theory and Criticism   

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

Brian Ratliff

Katie Boswell

Carrie Anderson

Stephanie Arington


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

Henry Fielding

Sir Walter Scott

Eighteenth-Century Novel

Narrative Theory


Publications & Conference Papers

Journal Articles:

          “‘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.

Book Chapters:

          “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).

Other publications:

          “What Can I Do About My Students’ Appalling Grammar?”  In the Trenches: Teaching and Learning in Sociology. New York: Norton, 2016.  333-334.

Conference Papers:       

          “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.

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