Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Robert Markley

W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor of English, Writing Studies, and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

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Selected 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.
  • Virtual Realities and Their Discontents. Ed. Robert Markley. 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.

Book Contributions

  • "The Economic Context." The Cambridge Companion to ‘Pride and Prejudice'. 2013.
  • "The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Pacific." The Cambridge History of the English Novel. Ed. Robert Caesario and Clement Hawes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • "Climate Studies." The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini. New York: Routledge, 2011. 63-76.
  • "Anson at Canton, 1743: Obligation, Exchange, and Ritual in Edward Page’s ‘Secret History." The Gift in the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Cynthia Klekar and Linda Ziokowski. New York: Palgrave, 2009. 215-33.
  • "Summer’s Lease: Shakespeare in the Little Ice Age." Early Modern Ecostudies: From Shakespeare to the Florentine Codex. Ed. Karen Raber, Tom Hallock, and Ivo Kamps. New York: Palgrave, 2008. 131-42.
  • "'I have now done with my island, and all manner of discourse about it': Crusoe's Farther Adventures and the Unwritten History of the Novel." The Blackwell Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Ed. Paula Backscheider and Catherine Ingrassia. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 25-47.
  • "Behn and the Unstable Traditions of Social Comedy." The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn. Ed. Derek Hughes and Janet Todd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 98-117.
  • "'Gulfes, deserts, precipices, stone': Marvell's 'Upon Appleton House' and the Contradictions of 'Nature'." The Cultural Life of the Country and City: Identities and Spaces in Britain, 1550-1860. Ed. Donna Landry , Gerald MacLean, and Joseph Ward. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 89-105.
  • "Missions to Mars: Reimagining the Red Planet in the Age of Spaceflight." Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Probes. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • "Time." Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change. New York: Open Humanities Press, 2012.
  • Markley, Robert. "Missions to Mars: Reimagining the Red Planet in the Age of Spaceflight." Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Probes. Ed. Roger Launius. Bastingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan for the American Astronautical Association, 2013. 249-72.

Journal Articles

  • "‘A Putridness in the Air’: Monsoons and Mortality in Seventeenth-Century Bombay." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 10 (2010): 105-26.
  • "Aesthetico-Constructivism: Farther Adventures in Criticism." Philological Quarterly 86 (2007): 291-314.
  • "Monsoon Cultures: Climate and Acculturation in Alexander Hamilton's A New Account of the East-Indies." New Literary History 38 (2007): 527-50.
  • "Aphra Behn’s The City Heiress: Feminism and the Dynamics of Popular Success on the Late Seventeenth-Century Stage." Comparative Drama 41 (2007): 141-66.
  • "'Casualties and Disasters': Defoe and the Interpretation of Climactic Instability." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 8 (2008): 102-24.
  • "Gulliver and the Japanese: The Limits of the Postcolonial Past." Modern Language Quarterly. 65 (2004): 457-479.
  • "New Media and the Natural World: The Dialectics of Desire." Bucknell Review 46.2 (2003): 33-57.
  • "'Land enough in the World': Locke's Golden Age and the Infinite Extensions of 'Use'." South Atlantic Quarterly 98 (1999): 817-37.
  • "Foucault, Modernity, and the Cultural Study of Science." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 7 (1999): 153-175.
  • "Alien Assassinations: The X-Files and the Paranoid Structure of History." Camera Obscura 40-41 (1997): 77-103.
  • "Falling into Theory: Simulation, Terraformation, and Eco-economics in Kim Stanley Robinson's Martian Trilogy." Modern Fiction Studies 43 (1997): 773-799.
  • "Boundaries: Mathematics, Alienation, and the Metaphysics of Cyberspace." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 3 (1994): 485-507.
  • "How to go forward’: Catastrophe and Comedy in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital Trilogy." Configurations (2012):
  • Markley, Robert. "China and the English Enlightenment: Literature, Aesthetics, and Commerce." Literature Compass 11 (2014): 517-27.
  • "Defoe and the Imagined Ecologies of Patagonia." Philological Quarterly 93.3 (2014): 295-314.