Plimpton, Pamela S.

Warner Pacific faculty Pam PlimptonProfessor of English and Literature
Phone 503.517.1225


  • Ph.D. English, University Oregon, June 1998
    Qualifying Exam: Passed with Distinction, June 4, 1993
  • Dissertation – “Inconstant Constancy: A Poetics of British Women Poets, 1620 – 1825” Dianne Dugaw, Director
  • Post-Baccalaureate course work in English literature: Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University,  Portland,OR., 1976-1986
  • M.A.T., Applied Linguistics, School for International Training of the Experiment in International Living,  Brattleboro, VT.,   August 1975
  • B.A., Music, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR., August 1971 (Class of 1972)


Dr. Plimpton served Warner Pacific College as founder and Director of WPC’s English as a foreign language program for 8 years.  She then pursued her doctorate at the University of Oregon while teaching part-time at Warner Pacific.  Upon receipt of her degree, she returned to full-time teaching in English and Humanities courses.  She has served as Chair of the Department of Humanities (1998-2004) and as Faculty Chair (2006-2008). Dr. Plimpton teaches courses in literature, creative writing, composition, and critical theory.  She also teaches courses in the Humanities core. In regard to scholarly research, Dr. Plimpton states:  “I present papers on an annual basis at a variety of professional conferences which include the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and its affiliate the Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the British Women Writer’s Conference,  the American Conference on Romanticism, and others.” Dr. Plimpton is the faculty advisor for the student art and literary journal, Rocinante.  She and her husband (Rod) are empty-nesters, (son Christopher is in college), and enjoy volunteering with various organizations in their Northeast Portland community.

Professional Affiliations:

  • MLA,  ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies),
  • NWSES (Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies),
  • The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts (1660 to 1830), The 18th- and 19th- Century British Women Writers Association

Scholarly Work Includes:

  • Tracing the intersection of poetics of women writers of the 17th through the early 19th centuries with their positioning of themselves as writers in their social, historical, and political context
  • Applying  the genre of the Gothic to theories of humor
  • Applying cognitive literary analysis to both literary and visual imagery

“Consummation”in Verseweavers: The Oregon State Poetry Association Anthology of Prize-winning Poems. West Linn: Oregon State Poetry Association, No. 4, Summer, 2000.

“Dale Spender” in Feminist Literary Theory: A Dictionary. Ed. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace. New York: Garland, 1997. 382-3.

“The ‘Canonizing’ of Anna Laetitia Barbauld,” Transactions of the Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Acts De La Societe Du Nordquest Pour L’Etude Du Dix-Huitieme Siecle.  19: 378-87. McMinnville, OR.: Linfield College, 1995.

“Aphra Behn’s Romanticism: Displacing the Neoclassical Paradigm,”  Transactions of the Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Acts De La Societe Du Nordquest Pour L’Etude Du Dix-Huitieme Siecle. 19:133-39. McMinnville, OR.: Linfield College, 1995.

“Asylum” Timberline: The University of Oregon’s literary and arts journal.   Vol. 4 Issue l.  1991