Professor Derrick received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at George Mason University from 1987 to 1990 and has been teaching at Rice since the 1990-91 academic year.

He is currently at work on a series of essays concerning the problem of suicide or self-ending in U.S. culture, with an interest in how it informs an array of cultural issues, including adventure, self-sacrifice, gun rights, health discourses, the pursuit of happiness, and individualism.

Research Areas

20th-21st C. U.S. Literature; 19th C. U.S. Literature; Gender & Sexuality; Literary Theory; Visual Culture & Comparative Media; Narrative and The Novel


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


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