David Summers | Capital University


  • David Summers, Ph.D.

    Professor of English

    David Summers

    Renner Hall
    Room 231


    • Biography

      Dr. David Summers has been teaching the classics and literature to Capital University students since 1997. He has served as director of General Education and as assistant dean of the School of Humanities in the College. In 2007, he was honored with Capital's most prestigious faculty award — the Praestantia Award, for excellence in teaching. He also has led travel groups from Capital to England, Italy and Greece.

      Dr. Summers is a Seattle native who spent his undergraduate years in Oregon and Corban University, and then trained at the University of Washington to he a high school social studies teacher. He later pursued graduate studies in medieval and Renaissance literature at the University of Washington, completing a master's degree and doctorate there. Before joining the Capital faculty, Dr. Summers held tenure-track positions at Whitworth College and Seattle Pacific University. He also is credited with passage of General Education curricular reform at Capital, and he participated in the Council of Independent Colleges Summer Seminar at the Hellenic Studies Center: Herodotus' Histories.

    • Teaches

      Humanities — Antiquity to the Renaissance
      British Literature Survey: Anglo-Saxon to Augustan
      Classical Mythology
      Classical Literature
      Medieval Literature — Dante and Chaucer
      Renaissance Literature
      Eliot and Auden
      Yeats and Joyce

    • Degrees

      Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Washington
      Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Washington
      Secondary Certificate in Social Studies (History), University of Washington
      Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Religious Studies, Corban University

    • Publications

      "Eliot's Dantean Pilgrimage" in Dante, T. S. Eliot and the European Tradition, edited by Paul Douglass, Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming 2011)

      "The Unattended Moment: Selfhood and the Experience of the Transcendent in Four Quartets" in Ecstasy and Understanding: Religious Awareness in English Poetry, edited by Adrian Grafe and Andrew Harrison. Continuum Press: London, 2008.