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 Dr. Chad Weidner

Why I work at UCRI am deeply committed to the liberal arts, and the idea of the “Renaissance Man,” a moral, well-rounded human being with wide interests, humility, ambition and perseverance. At UCR, we make good hardworking students great.

What’s interesting about my disciplineI teach English at UCR. I teach young people about the importance of asking real questions, to "think like a mountain." To think like a mountain means developing a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of everything. This is the value of the liberal arts curriculum, and it starts the first week of the semester in my classroom.

Profile

Chad Weidner has taught English at UCR since 2006. He publishes on ecocriticism, experimental aesthetics, film, William Burroughs, and other Beat Generation writers. He has presented his research in Africa, Asia, North America, and throughout Europe. Chad was invited keynote speaker at the "Wood in a Changing Culture" Symposium in China in 2014. More recently he was visiting faculty at the University of Colorado, and Senior Research Fellow in the environmental humanities at Utrecht University. Chad currently serves on the Advisory Board of the European Beat Studies Network.

Books

  • The Green Ghost: William Burroughs and the Ecological Mind. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016

Special Issue

  • Chad Weidner and Polina Mackay (eds). The Beat Generation and Europe. Comparative American Studies 11.3 (2013): 221-342

Refereed articles

  • "Mutable Forms: The Proto-Ecology of William Burroughs’ Early Cut-Ups." Comparative American Studies 11.3 (2013): 314-26

  • with Polina Mackay. "Introduction: The Beat Generation and Europe." Comparative American Studies 11.3 (2013): 221-26

Conference proceedings

  • "Does Ecocriticism Really Matter? Exploring the Relevance of Green Cultural Studies." BAS British and American Studies Journal XV (2009): 189-99

  • "'The Great God Pan Is Dead!' The Ecological Elegy of William Burroughs' Ghost of Chance" BAS British and American Studies Journal XIV (2008): 195-205

Encyclopedia entries

  • "Cities of the Red Night." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2015

  • "Junkie." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2015

  • "The Place of Dead Roads." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 December 2011

  • "The Western Lands." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2011

  • "The Cat Inside." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2011

Book reviews

  • "Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies." The Goose. 14.1 (2015)

  • "Animals in Early Modern Culture: Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture by Karen Raber (review)." The Goose 14.1 (2015)

  • "Ecocinema Theory and Practice (Review)." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 6.1 (2015): 220-22

  • "Embracing the End: American Apocalypse in the Twenty-first Century (Review)." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 4.1 (2014): 145-48

  • "Poetry as Nature-Life Interface: Review of Ocean by Sue Goyette and Timely Irreverence by Jay Millar" The Goose 13.1 (2014): 1-2

  • "Local Natures, Global Responsibilities (Review)." Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 4.1 (2013): 145-48

Creative Publications

  • Chad has had numerous poems and short stories published in various journals and magazines including: the Camel Press, the Chaffin Journal, Enigma, Green’s Magazine, Honey, the Plains Song Review, Poetry Motel, San Diego Writers’ Monthly, the Salt Fork Review, and Wavelength.

Courses

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