CURRICULUM VITAE OF ALFRED JAMES DRAKE, PH.D. (UPDATED 3/18/2018)
Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Irvine , December 1997. Supervised by J. Hillis Miller (chair), Robert Newsom, and Harold Toliver, "Bully Boy with No Glass Eye: Oscar Wilde as Socialist" examines Wilde's view of nineteenth-century utopianism and political ideology.
Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton. Part-time, Fall 2002 to Fall 2015.
Lecturer at Chapman University in Orange, California. Part-time, Spring 2002 to 2012.
Assistant Director of Basic Composition at the University of California, Irvine. 1999-2000.
Graduate teaching assistant, then lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. Fall 1991-2000.
The New Criticism: Formalist Literary Theory in America. Editor for a volume of essays on the New Critics' development, methodologies, and legacy. Co-editors Rick Armstrong and Shep Steiner. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. 2014.
New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Editor for a volume of essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. 2010.
"Izaak Walton, Pater and Wilde's Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray." The Wildean 33, Fall 2008.
"Wordsworth." Article for the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Macmillan Gail/Cengage Group. Fall 2008.
"Burgess, Kubrick, and the Enlightenment Narrative of Progress." Film and Philosophy, Volume 9, Fall 2004.
The Victorian Prose Archive contains scholarly editions of texts by Arnold, Carlyle, Newman, Pater, Wilde, and others. 2001-present.
Blogs | Guides | Study Questions. Extensive collection of online materials on over 330 authors and many literary periods/movements. 600-700 pages of detailed blog entries, 500+ pages of study questions, numerous guides.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2015-1991
Since Fall 2002 and through Fall 2015, I have taught 85 surveys and seminars at CSU Fullerton and Chapman University in Orange, California: 36 courses on British literature, 19 on world literature, 20 on criticism, theory and genre, 6 on American literature, and 4 on composition. Before that time (at UC Irvine from 1991-2000), I taught 22 sections of basic and advanced composition, two genre surveys, and assisted in five literature courses. Details below:
TEACHING AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON 2015-2002
LITERARY CRITICISM, THEORY AND GENRE (14 TOTAL)
English 492: Modern Critical Theory. An upper-division seminar including key precursor texts and contemporary selections in critical theory. 1 course Fall 2015.
English 491: Traditions of English Criticism. An upper-division seminar including authors from Plato through de Saussure. Provides background for contemporary theory. 5 courses Fall 2007-Fall 2003.
English 300: Analysis of Literary Forms. A lower-division course centered on genre. 8 courses Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012 (2 sections), Fall 2011, Spring 2011.
NINETEENTH- AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE (18 TOTAL)
English 457: British Romantic Literature. An upper-division seminar covering major romantic authors. 1 course Spring 2006.
English 222: American Literature since 1865. Covers American authors since the Civil War. 6 courses Fall 2014 (2), Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2006.
English 212: British Literature since 1760. Surveys covering romanticism, the Victorian period, WWI, modernism and contemporary British literature. 11 courses Spring 2011-Fall 2002.
MEDIEVAL THROUGH EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (17 TOTAL)
English 317: Milton. A major author course on Milton including selected short texts, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. 1 course Spring 2013.
English 316: Shakespeare. A required major author course on Shakespeare including selected sonnets, comedies, histories, tragedies, and romance plays. 8 courses Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012 (2 sections), Fall 2011 (2 sections), Fall 2010, Fall 2007.
English 211: British Literature to 1760. Surveys covering the medieval period through the Renaissance and neoclassicism. 8 courses Spring 2015, Fall 2010-Summer 2003.
WORLD LITERATURE (10 TOTAL)
Comp Lit 325: World Literature since 1650. A survey of eastern and western literature from the seventeenth century through the present. 4 courses Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2012, Spring 2011.
Comp Lit 324: World Literature to 1650. A survey of eastern and western literature from ancient times to the seventeenth century. 6 courses Fall 2009-Fall 2005.
COMPOSITION (4 TOTAL; SEE 22 UC IRVINE COURSES LISTED BELOW)
English 301: Advanced Expository Writing. Emphasizes grammar, style, audience, textual analysis. 2 courses Spring 2013, Fall 2006.
English 307: Advanced Writing in English Studies. Emphasizes rhetoric/audience, style, textual analysis for English majors. 2 courses Fall 2015, Spring 2014.
TEACHING AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA 2012-2002
LITERARY CRITICISM, THEORY AND GENRE (6 TOTAL)
English 456: Contemporary Theory. An upper-division/graduate seminar that covers formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, feminism, postcolonial and cultural studies, etc. 2 courses Spring 2003-2002.
English 434: The British Novel. An upper-division/graduate seminar that includes Richardson, Fielding, Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, Trollope, and Hardy. 1 course Spring 2004.
English 256: Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism. A core course introducing English majors to key texts in literary theory and a selection of applied criticism. 2 courses Fall 2012, Spring 2009 (called E301 then).
English 252: Introduction to Poetry. A lower-division course that introduces students as readers and writers to the genre of poetry and to major poets in the Anglo-American tradition. 1 course Fall 2004.
NINETEENTH- AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE (4 TOTAL)
English 336: Modern British Literature. Upper-division survey that covers major authors of the twentieth century. 2 courses Fall 2005, Fall 2003.
English 335: Victorian British Literature. Upper-division survey that covers major authors of the Victorian period. 2 courses Spring 2008, Spring 2003.
MEDIEVAL THROUGH EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (3 TOTAL)
English 432: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances. An upper-division seminar covering Shakespeare's tragedies and romance plays. 1 course Spring 2007.
English 430: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories. An upper-division seminar covering Shakespeare's comedies and histories. 1 course Fall 2009.
English 230: Introduction to Shakespeare. A new course for non-majors that introduces students to a variety of Shakespeare's plays.1 course Spring 2010.
WORLD LITERATURE AND CORE ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS (9 TOTAL)
English 242: World Literature from 400-1600 CE. A lower-division survey of the eastern and western literary traditions. 1 course Spring 2009.
English 240: World Literature to 400 CE. A lower-division survey of the eastern and western literary traditions. 6 courses Spring 2007-2003.
English 236: Studies in Literary Tradition. A required core course for English majors: concentrates on key texts that have partly shaped the western literary tradition. 1 course Fall 2008.
Freshman Foundations 100: Western Thought. An interdisciplinary seminar including authors from Homer and Plato to Voltaire, Rousseau, Dostoevsky, Borges, and Camus. 1 course Fall 2002.
TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE 2000-1991
COMPOSITION (22 TOTAL)
Writing 39B: Freshman Comp./African-American Theme . 16 courses 1991-2000, emphasizing modern American literature and culture. Also served as Assistant Director of Basic Composition, 1999-2000.
Writing 139: Victorian Science/Criticism/Colonialism. Upper-division seminar covered nineteenth-century and twentieth-century critics, naturalists, scientists, sociologists, explorers, revolutionaries. 6 courses 1995-99.
ASSISTANTSHIPS AND OTHER COURSES (7 TOTAL)
Literary Criticism 100A (Wlecke); E102C Nineteenth-Century British Poetry (Wlecke); E102 Medieval-Renaissance Drama (Schell); E102A Medieval-Renaissance Literature (Schell); E101 Renaissance to 1660 (Toliver). 5 courses 1991-97.
CONFERENCE PANELS ORGANIZED 2017-2002
California State University Shakespeare Symposium. "Vexing Issues in the Tragedies" Panel Chair. CSU Fullerton. February 23-24, 2017.
PAMLA Conference. The Victorians and Literary Theory Special Session Chair. Riverside, California. October 31 - November 2, 2014.
PAMLA Conference. Critical Theory Panel Chair. San Diego, California. November 1-3, 2013.
California State University Shakespeare Symposium. "Discoveries," "Macbeth and King Lear," and "Macbeth" Panels Chair. CSU Fullerton. November 16-17, 2012.
PAMLA Conference. Shakespeare's Roman and Classical Plays Panel Chair. Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. October 19-21, 2012.
California State University Shakespeare Symposium. Sonnets Panel Chair. CSU Fullerton. May 7-8, 2010.
PAMLA Conference. Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture Panel Chair. San Francisco SU, San Francisco, California. November 6-7, 2009.
ASLE Literature and Environment Conference. Philosophy, Classics and the Island as Place or Trope Panel Chair. University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. June 3-6, 2009.
California State University Shakespeare Symposium. "Hamlet" Panel Chair. CSU Fullerton. May 29-30, 2009.
PAMLA Conference. History of American Literary Criticism 1900-50's Panel Chair. Pomona College, Claremont, California. November 7-8, 2008.
PAMLA Conference. The New Criticism Panel Chair. Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. November 2-3, 2007.
PAMLA Conference. Victorian Nature Writing Panel Chair. University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, November 10-11, 2006.
ICR International Conference on Romanticism. Classical Literature and Philosophy Panel Chair. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, November 9-12, 2006.
PAMLA Conference. Critical Theory Panel Chair. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, November 11-13, 2005.
ICR International Conference on Romanticism. Romantic Prose Panel Chair. Paper: "Hazlitt and Carlyle on the French Revolution." University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 13-16, 2005.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 2008-2002
VISAWUS Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Conference. Paper for Politics of Morality Panel: "Matthew Arnold as Public Intellectual." University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, October 2-4, 2008.
ASLE Literature and Environment Conference. Paper for Romantic/ Victorian Panel: "Blake, Shelley, Hopkins, and the Representation of the Natural World." Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. June 12-16, 2007.
PCA-ACA Nat. Popular Culture Association Conference. Paper for Literature and Environment Panel: "Nineteenth-Century British Literature and American Ecocriticism." San Diego, California, March 23-26, 2005.
PAMLA Conference. Paper for Critical Theory Panel: "Shaftesbury, Whig Common Sense, and Wilde as Victorian Aesthete." Reed College, Portland, Oregon, November 5-7, 2004.
VISAWUS Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Conference. Paper for Institutional Innovations Panel: "Carlyle, Dr. Alison, and the Poor Law Debate." University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, October 21-23, 2004.
ICR International Conference on Romanticism. First paper: "Hopkins and Romanticism." Second paper: "Shelley's Prometheus Unbound and Aeschylus." Texas A & M, Laredo, Texas, October 14-17, 2004.
CEA College English Association Conference. Paper for Reading News/Creating Readers Panel: "Digital Archiving and Nineteenth-Century Studies." Richmond, Virginia April 1-3, 2004.
CSULB Comparative Literature Conference. Paper for Film Panel: "Burgess, Kubrick, and the Enlightenment Narrative of Progress." California State University, Long Beach, March 18-19, 2004.
NEMLA Conference. Paper for Wilde's Short Fiction Panel: "Wilde's Criticism and Children's Tales." Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 4-7, 2004.
PAMLA Conference. Paper for Nineteenth-Century British Literature Panel: "Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Secret." Pomona College, Claremont, California, November 7-9, 2003.
WCBS Western Conference on British Studies. Paper for Nineteenth-Century British Literature Panel: "Victorian Sage-Writing Revisited." Tucson, Arizona, November 1, 2003.
The Film and History Conference. Paper for the Film and History Section's Anti-Western Panel: "Taxi Driver and John Ford's The Searchers." Kansas City, Missouri, November 2002.
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HONORS AND MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Regents' Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, 1989-90.
Summa cum laude in English literature at the University of California, Irvine, 1989.
MLA, PAMLA, VISAWUS (Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States), and ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment).
Upon request to applicant, confidential recommendation letters will be forwarded from UC Irvine's Career Center. Following is school information for more general inquiries:
University of California, Irvine, Department of English, 435 Humanities Instructional Bldg., Irvine, CA 92697-2650. (949) 824-6712, FAX (949) 824-2916. Website:
English Department, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866. (714) 997-6750, FAX (714) 997-6697. Website:
California State University, Fullerton, University Hall 322, Fullerton, CA 92834 (657) 278-3163, Fax (657) 278-5954. Website:
J. Hillis Miller, UCI Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine
Robert Newsom, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Irvine
Harold Toliver, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Irvine
Sheryl Fontaine, Chair of English at California SU, Fullerton
Kay Stanton, Professor of English at California SU, Fullerton