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
Society for the Humanities Fellowship, Cornell University
National Center for Supercomputing Applications Fellowship
Beinecke Library Fellowship, Yale University
William Andrews Clark Library Fellowship
Huntington Library Fellowship
Choice Outstanding Academic Book (three awards)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Kim Stanley Robinson. Modern Masters of Science Fiction. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019.
Writing China: Essays on the Amherst Embassy (1816) and Sino-British Cultural Relations (ed. with Peter Kitson). Boydell and Brewer, 2016.
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.
Virtual Realities and Their Discontents (ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
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. (2021). Defoe and the Problem of the East India Company. In S. Clark, & Y. Yoshihara (Eds.), Robinson Crusoe in Asia (pp. 23-46). (Palgrave Asia-Pacific and Literature in English). Palgrave.
Markley, R. (2021). 'Where the climate is unkind, and the ground penurious': Johnson and the Alien Ecologies of the Highlands. Philological Quarterly, 100(3-4), 493-513.
Markley, R. (2020). 'That full complement of riches': China and the Problems of Political Economy in Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations. In W. Christie, A. Dunstan, & Q. S. Tong (Eds.), Tribute and Trade: China and Global Modernity, 1784-1935 (pp. 23-52). Sydney University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv12pntkh.5
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