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Graham Drake

Professor of


Welles 217A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Graham Drake

Graham Drake has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1989.

Faculty Information


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Houghton College
Fall 2014 Classes

ENGL 366:

    A course charting the historical movement of literature in the British Isles from earliest Anglo-Saxon documents to the Restoration. The major periods of Anglo-Saxon/Early Celtic, Anglo-Norman, Middle
    English, and Early Modern anchor a survey of representative works and authors (e.g. Beowulf, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, Malory, Spenser, Donne, Milton). The course emphasizes historical, political and cultural events through which this literature was produced; the development of genres and poetics over time; and changes in language, especially in the ways that English has changed from Old English to Early Modern. (May be taken for credit twice under different subtitles.) Prerequisite: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.
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ENGL 382:
The Bible as Literature

    This course evaluates the English Bible as a literary text, with readings from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures (including the Apocrypha). Along with historical and cultural backgrounds, emphasis w
    ill be placed on literary genres present in (and sometimes unique to) the Bible, aspects of biblical language and poetics, and the intratextuality of biblical texts. The course will also compare the Bible?s relationship with the text of the Qur?an and with readings and research in biblical influences on Western and world literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring
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HUMN 220:
H/Western Humanities I

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as w
    ell as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.
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