William Rubel

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Paradise and biopolitical power in 19th Century nature poetry
Professor Lee Johnson
United States

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Quite simply, graduate studies are even more enjoyable than undergraduate studies. This is the time when real research begins.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I graduated summa cum laude from an Ivy League university in New York City. After ten years as a creative writer and organic farmer in the Pacific Northwest, I chose to continue my studies at UBC at the advice of a mentor at Columbia University who praised the clarity, freshness, and objectivity of Canadian scholarship.

What do you hope to accomplish with your research?

I hope to inspire a new reading of Wordsworth and his contemporaries—one that may remind us not only of his concerns about a growing loss of sensitivity to nature, but of his confidence that even the most radical changes we make to our biological world will not make us inhuman. The principle of interconnectedness, active in the material universe, cannot be destroyed.

What are your future career goals?

I plan to become a professor of English literature, specializing in Romanticism.

What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?

The classes I have taught as a Teaching Assistant.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Canada is all about positive relationships and clear scholarship, not politics.

Personal Interests / Hobbies

Philosophy, creative writing, hiking, meditation.