Marc Wolterbeek, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English
Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Director, Writing Across the Curriculum Program
“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” (Horace Walpole)
- Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies. University of California, Berkeley, 1984.
- MA, Comparative Literature. University of California, Berkeley, 1974.
- BA, Comparative Literature. University of California, Berkeley, 1972.
Courses Taught and Interests
- Medieval Literature (Dante, Troubadours, Beowulf, Chaucer)
- Classics of World Literature
- Survey of British Literature
- Comparative Literature
- Graphic Novels and Manga
- Comparative Literature
- Writing Theory and Writing Centers
- Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship, June 1978
- CND Faculty Development Grants, Spring 1989, Spring 1991
- Sister Catharine Julie Cunningham Teaching Awards, 1989 and 1993
- Citation in Who’s Who is American Education, 1989-1990
- Citation in Who’s Who in the West, 1996-1997
- Citation in Who’s Who in the World, 1997
- Medieval Academy of America
- Medieval Association of the Pacific
- Modern Language Association
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
- Ridicula Nugae Satyrae: Comic Narratives of the Tenth, Eleventh, and Early Twelfth Centuries
- Comic Tales of the Middle Ages: An Anthology and Commentary. Greenwood, Press, Westport, Connecticut, April 1991. Reviewed in Speculum, pp. 276-77, 1994.
- “A New Date for William’s ‘Song of Penance’ (Song 11).” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 107, 3, pp. 335-46, 2006.
- “’De Gimel…per Niol’: Geographic Space and Placenames in Song One of William of Acquitaine.” Tenso 14, 1, pp. 39-52, Spring 1999.
- “Piratae vis importuna: Hildebert of Lavardin’s Poems about William of Aquitaine’s Destruction of the Church of Poitiers.” Allegorica 17, 95-115, 1996.
- “Writing Center Directors Speak.” Writing Lab Newsletter 15.8, 14-16, April 1991.
- “Faculty Resistance to Writing Centers: A Personal View.” Writing Lab Newsletter 11.5, pp. 10-11., January 1987.
- Unibos: The Earliest Full-length Fabliau (Text and Translation). Comitatus 16, pp. 46-76, 1985.
- Giovanni Pascoli, “They Plow” (“Arano”), in That Dirt We Call Earth: An Anthology of World Farm Poems, ed. Catherine Webster. University of Iowa Press.
- Jan Ziolkowski, Talking Animals: Medieval Latin Beast Poetry, 750-1150, in Speculum 69, pp. 589-90, 1994.
Writing in Progress
- The First Troubadour (A literary biography of William IX of Aquitaine)
- Review of Nakazawa Kaiji’s Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen
Papers Delivered at Conferences
- “Inventing History, Inventing Her Story: The Case of William of Aquitaine’s Marital Affairs.” Medieval Association of the Pacific, University of California, Berkeley, March 1995; and International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 1995.
- “Piratae vis importuna: Hildebert of Lavardin’s Poems about William of Aquitaine’s Destruction of the Church of Poitiers.” Medieval Association of the Pacific, University of Washington, March 1994.
- “White Martyrdom and the Red Cat: William IX’s Farai un vers, pos mi sonelh and Religious Asceticism.” Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, University of Washington, Seattle, November 1993.
- “Comedy and the Birth of ‘Modern’ Humor.” Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, Claremont, California, November 11, 1989.
- “Moral Fruit, Comic Chaff: Fabulous Contexts and Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale.” International Reynard Society, Seventh International Colloquium: Beast Epic, Fable and Fabliau, Durham, England, July 20, 1987; and Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, U. C., Davis, November 14, 1987.
- “Why Are You Here? How Do You Feel? Using Classroom Assessment Techniques in the Writing Center.” Pacific Coast Writing Centers Association Conference, Pepperdine University, October 3, 1992.
- “Remediation, Abolition, and the Myth of Transience: Understanding Problems of the Writing Center in the Context of Writing Across the Curriculum.” Pacific Coast Writing Centers Association Conference, Eastern Oregon State College, October 13, 1990.
- “The State of the Writing Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Pacific Coast Writing Centers Association Conference, Pacific Lutheran University, October 14, 1989.
- “From the Classroom to the Center: Contexts for Collaborative Learning,” co-authored with Kim Silveira Wolterbeek. Pacific Coast Writing Centers Association Conference, U.C., Davis, October 10, 1987.