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Marc WolterbeekMarc Wolterbeek, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of English

Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Director, Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Professor, English

“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” (Horace Walpole)

Education History

  • 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
    • Shakespeare
  • Graphic Novels and Manga
    • Mythology
    • Comparative Literature
  • Writing Theory and Writing Centers

Recognitions

  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Medieval Association of the Pacific
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Publications

Ph.D. Dissertation

  • Ridicula Nugae Satyrae: Comic Narratives of the Tenth, Eleventh, and Early Twelfth Centuries

Book

  • Comic Tales of the Middle Ages: An Anthology and Commentary. Greenwood, Press, Westport, Connecticut, April 1991.  Reviewed in Speculum, pp. 276-77, 1994.

Articles

  • “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.

Translation

  • Giovanni Pascoli, “They Plow” (“Arano”), in That Dirt We Call Earth: An Anthology of World Farm Poems, ed. Catherine Webster. University of Iowa Press.

Review

  • 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.