Robert Markley

Interim Head
W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor
Professor

Biography

 

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. 

 

Education

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

Highlighted Publications

 

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.

 

Recent Publications

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). Review: A.J. Stallard's Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016. Australian Historical Studies, 50(3), 396-397. https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2019.1633051

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.

Markley, R. (Ed.) (Accepted/In press). Ecological Footprints: Crusoe's Island and Other Alien Environments. Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

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