Kimberly Drake

Kimberly Drake

Director of the Writing Program
Associate Professor of Writing

Department: Writing

Office Address: Vita Nova 134

Office Phone: (909) 607-8372

Office Hours: Tues Thurs 1-2:30 and by appointment

Email: kdrake@scrippscollege.edu

Personal Website: Click here

Academic History

  • B.A. with High Honors, English, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  • B.A. with High Honors, English, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

Personal Interests

  • The academic essay
  • Short story and experimental fiction writing
  • Protest literature
  • African American and working class literature
  • Punk music literature and culture

Selected Research and Publications

Books

  • Critical Insights: Literature of Protest and Liberation. Volume Editor and Author. Salem Press expected 2013.
  • Stinging for their Suppers: How Women in Prison Nourish Their Bodies and Souls. Co-editor and Contributor. Lulu Press, March 2013.
  • Subjectivity in the American Protest Novel. Palgrave Macmillan 2011.

Selected Articles

  • “The Violence in/of Representation:  Protest Strategies from Slave Narrative to Punk Rock.” Special Issue: Violence and Representation. Pacific Coast Philology 44.2 (2010).
  • “Doing Time in/as ‘The Monster’: Abject Identity in African-American Prison Literature.” From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature. Tara T. Green, ed. Mercer University Press, 2008.
  • “Rape and Resignation: Silencing the Victim in the Novels of Morrison and Wright.” LIT 6.1-2 (April 1995).
  • “Rewriting the American Self: Race, Gender, and the Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.” MELUS 22.4 (Winter 1997).
  • "As My Wimsey Takes Me: PTSD and Insight in Detective Fiction by Dorothy Sayers and Lucha Corpi." M. Lee Alexander, ed. Defective Detectives: Disability in Detective Fiction. In progress.
  • "Free-for-All: Hobo Literature, Punk Rock, and Critiques of Consumerism." In progress for "Writing Beyond Borders: an Inter-Genre Collaborative for Faculty." Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Grant Proposal Inter-Institutional Initiative.
  • "Jim Crow Segregation and Spatial Violation in Wright's Native Son." In anthology on Richard Wright's fiction forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi.
  • "The Violence in/of Representation: Protest Strategies from Slave Narrative to Punk Rock." Special Issue: Violence and Representation. Pacific Coast Philology 44.2 (2010).
  • "Doing Time in/as "The Monster": Abject Identity in African-American Prison Literature." From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature. Tara T. Green, ed. Mercer University Press, 2008.
  • "Women on the Go: Blues, Conjure, and Other Alternatives to Domesticity in Ann Petry's The Street and The Narrows." Arizona Quarterly 54.1 (Spring 1998); reprinted in A Critical Collection of Essays on Ann Petry, ed. Hazel Ervin, Greenwood Press, July 2005.

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

  • "Assessing the First Year Composition Course: What Does FYC Do?" Writing Program Administrators Conference, Philadelphia, PA, July 17, 2010.
  • "Double Consciousness as Critical Reading: The Book Club Scene in Chester Himes' If He Hollers." American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010.
  • By invitation. "Mixing it up: Women at Crossroads Write a Stinger Cookbook." Huntington Library Women's Studies Seminars. Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, 1 May 2010; also presented on "Teaching Writing on the Inside: Rethinking Prison Writing Pedagogy" panel (panel chair and organizer). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 17-20, 2010.
  • "Classroom Connectivity: Real Writing in Virtual Spaces." "Teaching with Technology" panel. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, San Francisco CA, Nov 7, 2009.
  • By invitation. "Violence and Representation." Keynote Forum panelist, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Pomona CA, Nov 7, 2008.
  • Panel Co-Chair and Organizer, American Literature post-1865. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Pomona CA, Nov 7, 2008.
  • "Socially Conscious Criminals: Violence, Protest, and the Representation of Race and Class Inequality." Tuesday Noon Academy speaker series, Scripps College, Claremont CA, Oct 7, 2008.
  • "The Politics of Space in Wright's Native Son." Richard Wright Centennial Conference, Paris, France, June 19, 2008.
  • "Electronic Portfolios," "Course Management Systems," Learning to Write in the Digital Age. NITLE Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, April 16-18, 2008.
  • "Mirror or Hammer: The Art of Protest Literature." Convention of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, December 30, 2006.
  • "(Re)Locating Subjectivity: Testimonies of Imprisonment Across the Americas." Panel organizer and presenter. American Studies Association Conference, Houston, TX, November 14, 2002. Prison radio show host Ray Hill and activist/poet Grady Hillman spoke on the panel.
  • "'The past will drive you crazy and the future kill you dead': Time, Space, and Abjection in Chester Himes' Prison Fiction." Narrative Conference, Michigan State University, April 13, 2002.

Awards and Honors

  • Mary W. Johnson Award for Faculty Achievement in Scholarship (2010-2011)
  • Runner-up, Professor of the Year (2011)
  • Faculty Research Grants (2010, 2008)

Courses Taught

  • Writing 50 Critical Analysis: Writing for Social Change
  • Writing 100 Advanced Writing: Arts and Culture Review
  • Core I
  • Core II: 20th-century Protest Movements in Words and Music; The Cultural Politics of Punk and Hip-Hop; Tragedy
  • Core III: Forms of Anarchy; The Feminist Politics of Subcultures
  • English Senior Seminar
  • American Literature Survey I and II
  • Experimental Fiction Writing; Short Story Writing
  • American Protest Literature
  • American Gothic Literature
  • Introduction to American Studies

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