Dr. Marc Wolterbeek
Professor of English
Chair, English Department
Director, Writing across the Curriculum Program
Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Campus Center #1
“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)
- Master of Arts, Comparative Literature - University of California, Berkeley (1974)
- Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Literature - University of California, Berkeley (1972)
Phi beta kappa
- 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 1989-90
- 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
- Faculty Athletic Representative (2007-9)
- Chair and Judge, San Mateo County Fair Poetry Contest, 1989-2007
- President, Pacific Coast Writing Centers Association, 1991-92
- Ridicula Nugae Satyrae: Comic Narratives of the Tenth, Eleventh, and Early Twelfth Centuries
- Comic Tales of the Middle Ages: An Anthology and Commentary. Westport, CT: Greenwood, Press, April 1991. Reviewed in Speculum (1994), pp. 276-77.
- “A New Date for William’s ‘Song of Penance’ (Song 11).” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 107, 3 (2006): 335-46.
- “’De Gimel…per Niol’: Geographic Space and Placenames in Song One of William of Acquitaine,” Tenso 14, 1 (Spring 1999): 39-52.
- “Piratae vis importuna: Hildebert of Lavardin’s Poems about William of Aquitaine’s Destruction of the Church of Poitiers,” Allegorica 17 (1996): 95-115.
- Unibos: The Earliest Full-length Fabliau (Text and Translation).” Comitatus 16 (1985): 46-76.
- “Writing Center Directors Speak.” Writing Lab Newsletter 15.8 (April 1991): 14-16.
- “Faculty Resistance to Writing Centers: A Personal View.” Writing Lab Newsletter 11.5 (January 1987): 10-11.
- 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 (1994): 589-90.
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