Derek Woods

Assistant Professor
location_on BuTo 428

Thematic Research Area

Education

Rice University|University of British Columbia|University of British Columbia



||PhD|MA|BA Hons

||English

About

Derek Woods writes about ecology, technology, and modern narrative in relation to the history of science. He is writing a book about the distinction between harmful and “symbiotic” technologies and the influence of cybernetics on ecology and Earth system science. What Is Ecotechnology? shows that the terrarium and terraforming are themes across literature, science, and film that play a dynamic role in the construction of ecological consciousness and visions of what green technology might become. He is also working on a book about the mediation and aesthetics of scales too big or too small for our senses to perceive.
Dr. Woods began his studies in forest biology at UBC. During that time, he worked in surveying and botany on unceded First Nations territories in British Columbia. These experiences influenced his graduate work in literature and theory, and his research now contributes to the overlapping fields of media studies, science and technology studies, critical theory, environmental humanities, transnational American literature, contemporary literature, science fiction and fantasy (literature and film), visual culture, and the history of science. At Rice University, Dr. Woods held fellowships in the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences and the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory. After his Ph.D., he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

Publications

 “Climate vs. Embodiment” in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate, ed. Adeline Johns-Putra and Kelly Sulzbach. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. (Invited)

“Ecology” in Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, ed. Aaron Jaffe, Michael Miller, and Rodrigo Paula. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. (Invited)

“Terraforming Earth, Climate and Recursivity.” Forthcoming in diacritics, 2020.

“Song of the Swarm: (Early) Modern Bee Media.” Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance, Ed. Keith Botelho and Joseph Campana. Forthcoming from Penn State University Press.

“Scale in Ecological Science Writing.” The Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication, ed. Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Scott Slovic, and Vidya Sarweswaran. 2019

“Corporate Chemistry: A Biopolitics of Environment in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Richard Powers’s Gain.American Literary History 29.1 (2017).

“Epistemic Things in Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of Ten.Scale in Literature and Culture, ed. David Wittenberg and Michael Tavel Clarke. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.

“Accelerated Reading: Fossil Fuels, Infowhelm, and Archival Life.” Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, ed. Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor. Penn State University Press, 2017.

“Scale Variance and the Concept of Matter.” The New Politics of Materialism: History, Science, Philosophy, ed. Sarah Ellenzweig and John H. Zammito. Routledge, 2017.

“Sanitation and Telepathy: George Eliot’s The Lifted Veil.Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017).

“Scale Critique for the Anthropocene.” The Minnesota Review December 2014.

“Knowing When You’re in Terra Incognita: Mapping, Vision, and Orientation in Ishmael’s Anatomies.”Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 14:3.

“Status Report on the Batwing Vinyl Lichen, Leptogium platynum, in Canada.” Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa, Ontario. 2010. (co-authored with Trevor Goward)


Additional Description

Dr. Woods advises graduate students whose work connects to any of the fields listed above, including students studying pre-20th century topics or affiliated with other departments. His undergraduate teaching interests focus on environmental media, media history, ecocritical theory, science and technology studies, and environmental science fiction.


Derek Woods

Assistant Professor
location_on BuTo 428

Rice University|University of British Columbia|University of British Columbia



||PhD|MA|BA Hons

||English

Derek Woods writes about ecology, technology, and modern narrative in relation to the history of science. He is writing a book about the distinction between harmful and "symbiotic" technologies and the influence of cybernetics on ecology and Earth system science. What Is Ecotechnology? shows that the terrarium and terraforming are themes across literature, science, and film that play a dynamic role in the construction of ecological consciousness and visions of what green technology might become. He is also working on a book about the mediation and aesthetics of scales too big or too small for our senses to perceive.
Dr. Woods began his studies in forest biology at UBC. During that time, he worked in surveying and botany on unceded First Nations territories in British Columbia. These experiences influenced his graduate work in literature and theory, and his research now contributes to the overlapping fields of media studies, science and technology studies, critical theory, environmental humanities, transnational American literature, contemporary literature, science fiction and fantasy (literature and film), visual culture, and the history of science. At Rice University, Dr. Woods held fellowships in the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences and the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory. After his Ph.D., he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

 “Climate vs. Embodiment” in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate, ed. Adeline Johns-Putra and Kelly Sulzbach. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. (Invited)

“Ecology” in Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, ed. Aaron Jaffe, Michael Miller, and Rodrigo Paula. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. (Invited)

“Terraforming Earth, Climate and Recursivity.” Forthcoming in diacritics, 2020.

“Song of the Swarm: (Early) Modern Bee Media.” Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance, Ed. Keith Botelho and Joseph Campana. Forthcoming from Penn State University Press.

“Scale in Ecological Science Writing.” The Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication, ed. Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Scott Slovic, and Vidya Sarweswaran. 2019

“Corporate Chemistry: A Biopolitics of Environment in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Richard Powers’s Gain.American Literary History 29.1 (2017).

“Epistemic Things in Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of Ten.Scale in Literature and Culture, ed. David Wittenberg and Michael Tavel Clarke. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.

“Accelerated Reading: Fossil Fuels, Infowhelm, and Archival Life.” Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, ed. Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor. Penn State University Press, 2017.

“Scale Variance and the Concept of Matter.” The New Politics of Materialism: History, Science, Philosophy, ed. Sarah Ellenzweig and John H. Zammito. Routledge, 2017.

“Sanitation and Telepathy: George Eliot’s The Lifted Veil.Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017).

“Scale Critique for the Anthropocene.” The Minnesota Review December 2014.

“Knowing When You’re in Terra Incognita: Mapping, Vision, and Orientation in Ishmael’s Anatomies.”Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 14:3.

“Status Report on the Batwing Vinyl Lichen, Leptogium platynum, in Canada.” Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa, Ontario. 2010. (co-authored with Trevor Goward)

Dr. Woods advises graduate students whose work connects to any of the fields listed above, including students studying pre-20th century topics or affiliated with other departments. His undergraduate teaching interests focus on environmental media, media history, ecocritical theory, science and technology studies, and environmental science fiction.

Derek Woods

Assistant Professor
location_on BuTo 428

Rice University|University of British Columbia|University of British Columbia



||PhD|MA|BA Hons

||English

Derek Woods writes about ecology, technology, and modern narrative in relation to the history of science. He is writing a book about the distinction between harmful and "symbiotic" technologies and the influence of cybernetics on ecology and Earth system science. What Is Ecotechnology? shows that the terrarium and terraforming are themes across literature, science, and film that play a dynamic role in the construction of ecological consciousness and visions of what green technology might become. He is also working on a book about the mediation and aesthetics of scales too big or too small for our senses to perceive.
Dr. Woods began his studies in forest biology at UBC. During that time, he worked in surveying and botany on unceded First Nations territories in British Columbia. These experiences influenced his graduate work in literature and theory, and his research now contributes to the overlapping fields of media studies, science and technology studies, critical theory, environmental humanities, transnational American literature, contemporary literature, science fiction and fantasy (literature and film), visual culture, and the history of science. At Rice University, Dr. Woods held fellowships in the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences and the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory. After his Ph.D., he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

 “Climate vs. Embodiment” in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate, ed. Adeline Johns-Putra and Kelly Sulzbach. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. (Invited)

“Ecology” in Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, ed. Aaron Jaffe, Michael Miller, and Rodrigo Paula. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. (Invited)

“Terraforming Earth, Climate and Recursivity.” Forthcoming in diacritics, 2020.

“Song of the Swarm: (Early) Modern Bee Media.” Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance, Ed. Keith Botelho and Joseph Campana. Forthcoming from Penn State University Press.

“Scale in Ecological Science Writing.” The Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication, ed. Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Scott Slovic, and Vidya Sarweswaran. 2019

“Corporate Chemistry: A Biopolitics of Environment in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Richard Powers’s Gain.American Literary History 29.1 (2017).

“Epistemic Things in Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of Ten.Scale in Literature and Culture, ed. David Wittenberg and Michael Tavel Clarke. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.

“Accelerated Reading: Fossil Fuels, Infowhelm, and Archival Life.” Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, ed. Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor. Penn State University Press, 2017.

“Scale Variance and the Concept of Matter.” The New Politics of Materialism: History, Science, Philosophy, ed. Sarah Ellenzweig and John H. Zammito. Routledge, 2017.

“Sanitation and Telepathy: George Eliot’s The Lifted Veil.Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017).

“Scale Critique for the Anthropocene.” The Minnesota Review December 2014.

“Knowing When You’re in Terra Incognita: Mapping, Vision, and Orientation in Ishmael’s Anatomies.”Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 14:3.

“Status Report on the Batwing Vinyl Lichen, Leptogium platynum, in Canada.” Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa, Ontario. 2010. (co-authored with Trevor Goward)

Dr. Woods advises graduate students whose work connects to any of the fields listed above, including students studying pre-20th century topics or affiliated with other departments. His undergraduate teaching interests focus on environmental media, media history, ecocritical theory, science and technology studies, and environmental science fiction.