Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

Director of Sustainability Studies Initiative in the Humanities, Professor of English

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  • On leave, 2013-14


Ph.D Columbia University, 2000

Teaching Interests

Romanticism, Literature and Environment, Catastrophism, Sustainability, Globalization and Empire, Poetry and Poetics


431 Green Romanticism, 476 Literature of Catastrophe, 380 Environmental Change and the Midwest, 247 Green Imperialism: Ecology and Empire in South Seas Fiction, 207 Romantic Literature, 300 Can Poetry Save the Earth?, 476 Environmental Writing, 581 Sustainability Studies

Research Interests

Romanticism, Climate Change, Catastrophism, Sustainability, Environmental History and Discourse, History of Biological and Earth Sciences, British Colonialism and Empire, European Visual Culture and Music 1750-1850

Selected Publications


  • The Shock of the Real: Romanticism and Visual Culture, 1760-1860. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.
  • Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840: Virtue and Virtuosity. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Hosack's Folly: A Novel of Old New York. New York: Other Press, 2005.
  • Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World. Princeton University Press, 2014.

Journal Articles

  • "The Volcano Lover: Climate, Colonialism, and the Slave Trade in Raffles's 'History of Java'." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.2 (2008): 33-55.
  • "Constable, Clouds, Climate Change." The Wordsworth Circle 38.1-2 (2007): 25-34.
  • "Crying Game: Operatic Strains in Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads." ELH 71 (2004): 969-1000.
  • "The Female Penseroso: Anna Seward, Sociable Poetry, and the Handelian Consensus." Modern Language Quarterly 67.4 (2006): 451-77.
  • "Cockney Mozart: The Hunt Circle, the King's Theatre, and Don Giovanni." Studies in Romanticism 44.3 (2005): 367-97.
  • "Ecohistoricism." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.2 (2008): 1-7.
  • "Leigh Hunt's New Suburbia: An Eco-historical Study in Climate Poetics and Public Health." ISLE 18.3 (2011): 527-52.
  • "What is Sustainability Studies?." ALH 24.1 (2012): 1-15.
  • "Have You Met Miss Ford? or, Accomplishment Revisited." European Romantic Review 23.3 (2012): 283-91.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • "Climate and Crisis". Spec. iss. of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 8.2 (2008):
  • "Sustainability in America". Spec. iss. of ALH 24.1 (2012):


  • "Sustainability: Ethics, Culture, History." Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. Chicago: University of Illinois, 2011. <>.
  • "Visual Pleasures: Art, Entertainment, and the Nation." Blackwell Concise Companion to Romanticism. 2009. 232-56.
  • "Austen's Accomplishment: Music and the Modern Heroine." Blackwell Companion to Jane Austen. 2009. 366-76.

Newspaper Articles

  • "The Man Who Knew Too Much." The New York Times. [New York] 24 Jul. 2005, sec. 14: 3.

Website Articles

  • "Climate Change Makes Any Disaster Global." Bloomberg View. 19 Nov. 2013.
  • "Is Climate Change the New Slavery?." Grist. 17 Apr. 2014.
  • "The Volcano that Changed the Course of History." Slate. 9 Apr. 2014.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "The Tambora Eruption and the Global Climate Emergency, 1815-18." Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History. ABC-CLIO, 2012.
  • "Italian Opera and the King's Theatre." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature. 2012.

Works in Progress

  • The Termination of Species [book project]