Professor, English, Honors, and Humanities
George Erving’s primary area of research is in British Romantic period literature, culture, and history, where he examines the ways in which the literary arts advance radically new ideas about the nature of the self and its relation to society. He is the author of published scholarly essays on the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, and William Wordsworth, and he has written about British Romantic period theatre and the literary theories of Rene Girard. He is working on two projects: one on Coleridge's Dissenting journal, The Watchman; the other on the psychology of desire in William Blake's major works, The Four Zoas, Milton, and Jerusalem. Erving teaches English literature and European intellectual history from the 17th through the early 19th centuries. He also directs the Humanities and Honors Programs, and supervises a digital humanities initiative funded by a four-year grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation that is designed to arm faculty and students with an array of new digital tools for teaching and research in the humanistic disciplines.
B.A., Stanford University, 1977; M.B.A., University of Oregon, 1980; M.A., St. John’s College, 1995; M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996, 2005