Cynthia Westerbeck, Ph.D. - Department Chair
Professor of English
Office: Stauffer Hall
Phone: (707) 965-6610
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Faculty Since: 2004
B.A., Walla Walla College, 1990
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2000
Cynthia Westerbeck specializes in British Literature, especially Shakespeare and literature of the Enlightenment. She also has a special interest in literature and the arts, having earned an undergraduate major in music which inspired her dissertation research on the function of music in Victorian literature. She taught interdisciplinary courses in literature, music and art at Columbia Union College and continues to be active both as a pianist and violist. She has been published in Spectrum magazine and presented to the Adventist English Association Conference, the Lyrica Society Panel at the MLA Convention, and the PMLA Convention. Westerbeck was PUC's 2007 Educator of the Year and also teaches in PUC's Honors program.
“Picturing Christ; Incarnation and iconography.” Spectrum 33.3 (2005): 6-14
“Jubal’s Journey: Music as ‘Awful Shock’ in Eighteenth Century & Victorian Literature.” Lyrica Society Panel. MLA Convention, San Diego. Dec. 2003.
“Jubal’s Journey: The Search for Music in das land ohne musik.” Panel on “Literature and the Other Arts.” PAMLA Convention, Claremont, Calif. Nov. 2003.