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Graham Drake

Professor of English
Welles 217A
Graham Drake

Graham Drake received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and became a member of the Geneseo faculty in 1989. He teaches courses in medieval literature, the Bible as literature, history of the English language, and Canadian literature. He currently serves as the Interim Director of the Medieval Studies program at Geneseo. He studies and publishes works related to medieval romance and LGBTQ issues in the Middle Ages which have been featured in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and SMART (Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching). He co-edited Four Romances of England: Athelstan, Bevis of Hampton, Havelok the Dane, and King Horn with Ronald Herzman and Eve Salisbury (Medieval Institute, 1999) and recently published “Queering the Medieval Classroom” which was featured in SMART.

Drake is one of SUNY Geneseo’s pre-law program advisors and serves as the Geneseo Pre-Law Chapter, Phi Alpha Delta. He is active in the study abroad program; he teaches or directs courses in Athens, Berlin, Oxford, and London during summer and winter breaks. He is also the Assessment Coordinator as well as the Internship Coordinator.


  • ENGL 203: Rdr&Text: Canadian Lit

    An introduction to the discipline of English through the study of particular topics, issues, genres, or authors. Subtitles of "Reader and Text" help students develop a working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating texts to contexts; understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.

  • 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 will 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.

  • HUMN 220: W/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 well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.