Dr. Killian Quigley

Department of English

Killian Quigley’s research spans literary history, aesthetic theory, the history of science, colonial and postcolonial studies, historical geography, and the environmental humanities. He is at work on two major research projects. The first, Submerged Pastoral, asks how the pastoral—as a genre, a trope, and a structure of feeling—has been activated in and upon oceanic contexts, and how this strange and poorly-understood transference has been consequential for marine cultures. See a recent article, ‘The Pastoral Submarine,’ for more. Killian’s other key project, Waves and Places, compares diverse historical and contemporary accounts of sea-level rise to discover how the status of marine location is articulated, unsettled, and reimagined in the course of inundation.

Through his scholarship and his colleagueship, Killian has become an internationally-recognised figure in the oceanic humanities. He is the co-editor, with Margaret Cohen, of The Aesthetics of the Undersea, and author of articles and book chapters on the visual culture of plastic pollution in the Pacific, transatlantic eco-political imaginaries, and medical discourses of maritime travel. He is an associate with Oceanic Humanities for the Global South, and a former researcher in residence with Works on Water.

Killian received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University’s Department of English. At Vanderbilt and at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, in Paris, he taught across a range of subjects, including maritime and marine literatures, ecocriticism, the poetry of the British Isles, Southern USAmerican fiction, and more besides. At the University of Sydney, he has been a contributor to the Open Learning Environment course Global Ethics: The Great Barrier Reef, an academic adviser to the Master of Sustainability capstone research project, and a case study leader for the Faculty of Arts and Social Science’s flagship Interdisciplinary Impact unit. He welcomes communication from colleagues and students at all levels.

Killian Quigley is a Research Affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is the Research Lead on Unsettling Ecological Poetics and Ocean Ontologies.

Contact Killian at killian.quigley@sydney.edu.au, and @killian_quigley for Twitter.

List of Publications:

Books:

The Aesthetics of the Undersea. Co-edited with Margaret Cohen. London and New York: Routledge, 2019. (doi)       

Journal articles and book chapters:

‘Expecting plastic: albatrosses and the discovery of “culture”.’ Green Letters 23.4 (2020): 394-405. (doi)

‘The Pastoral Submarine: William Diaper and Eclogue’s Marine Frontier.’ Eighteenth-Century Studies 53.1 (2019): 109-27. (doi)

‘Walking to China: Infatuation and the Irish in New South Wales.’ In Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947, ed. Daniel Sanjiv Roberts and Jonathan Jeffrey Wright, 57-74. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. (doi)

‘Submarine aesthetics.’ Introduction, with Margaret Cohen, to The Aesthetics of the Undersea, ed. Margaret Cohen and Killian Quigley, 1-13. London and New York: Routledge, 2019. (doi)

‘The porcellaneous ocean: Matter and meaning in the rococo undersea.’ In The Aesthetics of the Undersea, ed. Margaret Cohen and Killian Quigley, 28-41. London and New York: Routledge, 2019. (doi)

‘Boggy Geography and an Irish Moose: Thomas Molyneux’s New World Neighborhood.’ The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 58.4 (2017): 385-406. (doi)

‘Indolence and Illness: Scurvy, the Irish, and Early Australia.’ Eighteenth-Century Life 41.2 (2017): 139-53. (doi)

Killian Quigley is a Research Affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is the Research Lead on Unsettling Ecological Poetics and Ocean Ontologies.