Robert Markley is Department Head and W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor of English at the University of Illinois and editor of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. The author of more than eighty articles in eighteenth-century studies, science studies, and digital media, his books include Two-Edg’d Weapons: Style and Ideology in the Comedies of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve (Oxford UP, 1988); Fallen Languages: Crises of Representation in Newtonian England (Cornell UP, 1993); Dying Planet: Mars in Science and the Imagination (Duke UP, 2005); The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730 (Cambridge UP, 2006), and a volume in the Masters of Science Fiction Series, Kim Stanley Robinson (U of Illinois P, 2019). He has coedited with Peter Kitson Writing China: Essays on the Amherst Embassy (1816) and Sino-British Cultural Relations (Boydell and Brewer, 2016). His current book project examines the emergence of understandings of global climate between 1500 and 1850.
A.B. Vassar College
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Awards and Honors
NEH Faulty Fellowship
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Beinecke Library, Yale University
William Andrews Clark Library Fellowship
Choice Outstanding Academic Book (three awards)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
The Far East and the English Imagination 1600-1730. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Dying Planet: Mars in Science and the Imagination. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
Fallen Languages: Crises of Representation in Newtonian England, 1660-1740. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993.
Two-Edg’d Weapons: Style and Ideology in the Comedies of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.
Markley, R. (Ed.) (2019). Ecological Footprints: Crusoe's Island and Other Alien Environments. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 32(1), 1-244.
Markley, R. (2019). Introduction: Leaving Crusoe’s Island. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 32(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3138/ecf.32.1.1
Markley, R. (2019). Kim Stanley Robinson. (Modern Masters of Science Fiction). Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
Markley, R. (2019). Literature, Climate, and Time: Between History and Story. In A. Johns-Putra (Ed.), Climate and Literature (pp. 15-30). (Cambridge Critical Concepts). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Markley, R. (2019). Nation and Environment in Britain, 1660-1705. In E. Sauer (Ed.), Emergent Nation: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1660–1714 (pp. 295-312). (Early Modern Literature in Transition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.