BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Writing Centre Convenor
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - English
604.986.1911 ext. 7150
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PhD, English, State University of New York at Albany, 2015.
MA, English, Simon Fraser University, 2004.
BA, English, Simon Fraser University, 2002.
Steven Weber (PhD, State University of New York at Albany, 2015) began teaching at Capilano University in 2017. He completed his PhD in English at the State University of New York at Albany where he filed his dissertation, A Transnational Postmodernism: North Africa as a Locus for Postmodern Fiction.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Weber earned his BA and MA in English from Simon Fraser University. He then taught for six years at SUNY Albany, and spent one year of his life in Hoboken, New Jersey; upon his return to Canada, he taught at Okanagan College for five years before joining Capilano University.
Weber's dissertation research focused on postmodern literature that understands postmodernity as a problem of control—where mobility and mutability are not treated as tools of postmodern resistance, but as perfect avenues for control under the guise of liberation.
Every course I teach focuses on issues of social justice. My defense of literary study is that it is, among other things, an attempt to understand experiences that can be vastly different from our own. Literature is a form of knowing—knowing ourselves, knowing others, and knowing the world. In this way, reading literature always has an ethical dimension. That is, since imagination is limited by knowledge, the less we know about others, the less we are capable of imagining. The opposite is also true: the more we know about our world, the more we are capable of imagining a better one. Why study literature? We study, perhaps, because we are dissatisfied with the world as is, and we have the humble goal of achieving a better one.
- First-Year Rhetoric and Composition
- Postmodern Literature
- Twentieth-Century American Literature
- North African Postcolonial Literature
- Poststructural & Postcolonial Literary Theory
- Film Adaptation
Chapter in an Edited Volume
Weber, Steven. "Paul Bowles and the Problem of Postmodernity within the Colonized World." Short Story Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 214, Gale, 2015, pp. 90-103. Originally published in Wretched Refuge: Immigrants and Itinerants in the Postmodern, edited by Jessica Datema and Diane Krumrey, Cambridge Scholars, 2010, pp. 41-68.
Arezki, Djamal. "The Origin of Shooting Stars." "The First Eclipse." "The Origin of Menstruation." Translated by Steven Weber. Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour, U of California P, 2013, pp. 339-340.
Frobenius, Leo. "Kabyle Origin Tale: 'The World Tree and the Image of the Universe.'" Translated by Steven Weber. Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour, U of California P, 2013, p. 120.
Weber, Steven. "Roland Barthes." The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, Volume I: Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966, edited by Michael Ryan and Gregory Castle, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, pp. 65-72.