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Robert Markley

Robert Markley

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Curriculum Vitae


Areas of Interest

Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Literature; Media and Cultural Studies; Literary Theory; Gender Studies; the Relations between Literature and Science; and Science Fiction.



The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730.
Cambridge University Press 2005.

Dying Planet: Mars in Science and the Imagination. Duke
University Press, 2005.

Virtual Realities and Their Discontents (ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

Fallen Languages: Crises of Representation in Newtonian England, 1660-1740. Cornell University Press, 1993.

Two-Edg'd Weapons: Style and Ideology in the Comedies of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve. Oxford University Press, 1988. Multimedia:

Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars (coauthor with Michelle Kendrick, Harrison Higgs, and Helen Burgess). DVD-ROM. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

Recent Essays

Articles on Daniel Defoe, Aphra Behn, John Milton, John Locke, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Laurence Sterne, Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, Isaac Newton, Virtual Reality, Science Fiction, and The X-Files.

"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.

"Gulliver and the Japanese: The Limits of the Postcolonial Past." Modern
Language Quarterly
65 (2004), 457-479.

"Riches, Power, Trade, and Religion: The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1720." Renaissance Studies 17 (2003), 433-55.

"New Media and the Natural World: The Dialectics of Desire." Bucknell Review 46:2 (2003), 33-57.

Work in Progress

Book manuscript on England, India, and China, 1740-1850.

Articles on language and astronomy, media culture, women and the novel in the long eighteenth century.

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