Department of English
L&L Bldg., 423
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553
Chair & Professor of English
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. I am currently revising a book manuscript entitled Historical Space in the 18th-Century Novel. In it, I look at the way that the lived dimensions of space, and not just the details of place, are represented in British literature between 1660 and 1832. In my spare time I enjoy watching birds, peering through a telescope at faint nebulae, suffering defeat from my more skilled colleagues at ping pong, and trying to make my 1977 Alfa Romeo run keep my 1977 Alfa Romeo running.
- Ph.D., English, University of Washington, 1997
- M.A., English: University of Oregon, 1979.
- B.A., English with Honors, Portland State University, 1976
- English Department Chair, 2007-Present.
- Associate Professor, 2003-Present;
- Assistant Professor, 1998-2003
- Acting Instructor, University of Washington, 1997-98
- Graduate Teaching Assistant: University of Washington, 1992-1995
- ENG 101: Composition I: Critical Reading and Responding
- ENG 102: Composition II: Reasoning and Research
- ENG 105: Introduction to the Literary Imagination
- ENG 302: Poetry and Poetics
- ENG 303: Principles of English Studies
- ENG 306: English Literature II (1660 - 1832)
- ENG 307: English Literature III (1832 - Present)
- ENG 362: Shakespeare: The Later Plays
- ENG 383: Literary and Critical Theory
- ENG 448: World Novel I
- ENG 451: The English Novel I
- ENG 489: Senior Colloquium
- ENG 410/514: Blake, Wollstonecraft, and the Age of Revolution
- ENG 410/514: Wordsworth and Coleridge
- ENG 410/514: Writing London
- ENG 518: Advanced Literary and Critical Theory
- HUM 102: Exploring Cultures from the 16th - 19th Centuries
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Publications & Conference Papers
- "'Fanciful Devotion': Ritualization in Walter Scott's Old Mortality," Studies in Romanticism 49:1 (Spring 2010).
- "Ritual in Joseph Andrews." Henry Fielding in Our Time, ed. J.A. Downie, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
- "'The Dialectics of Inside and Outside': Dominated and Appropriated Space in Defoe's Historical Fictions," Eighteenth-Century Fiction 14:2, January 2002.
- "'The Ordinary Rules of the Pave': Urban Spaces in Scott's Fortunes of Nigel," Studies in the Novel 33:4, Winter 2001/2.
- "Placing the Canon: The Longman Anthology of British Literature", Pedagogy 1 (Winter 2001).
- "Historical Space in the 'History of': Between Public and Private in Tom Jones," ELH 66 (Fall 1999).
- "Tom Jones and Alsatia." Notes and Queries June 1997.
Recent Conference Papers
- "Worldmaking in Edgeworth's Irish Novels" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 2010.
- "What is Historical Space?" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Richmond, VA, March 2009.
- "Gothic Irony in The Minstrel and The Old Manor House." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, 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." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Las Vegas, April 2005.
- "The Readers in Blake," Joint Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, November 2003.
- "The Production of Urban Space in Charlotte Smith's Late Novels," Literary London Conference, London, July 2003.
- "Wollstonecraft and the Politics of the Sublime," Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 2002
- "Space and Causality in the Historical Tale," Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 2001.
- "Gender, Georgic, and Geography in Wollstonecraft's Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark," National Association for the Study of Romanticism, August 2001
- "Georgic Nationalism," Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 2000
- "Scott's Urban Spaces," International Scott Conference, July 1999.
- "History and Spatiality in Scott's Old Mortality," Modern Language Association, December 1998.
- College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Chair Award, 2009
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