Dr Killian Quigley

Department of English

Killian Quigley researches the poetic, aesthetic, and broader cultural histories of environments and ecosystems. He is focused, especially, on marine – and above all submarine – contexts. With Margaret Cohen, of Stanford University, he is co-editor of The Aesthetics of the Undersea, forthcoming late 2018 from Routledge Environmental Humanities. Killian is currently at work on a monograph, entitled Submarine Poetics, which proposes that cultural histories of the undersea which focus primarily on technologies of access have tended to simplify rich and polysemous legacies of subaqueous poetics and aesthetics. He is also the facilitator of SEI’s Reading Environments group, a co-convenor of numerous conferences, workshops, and symposia (such as Environment in Practice and Sea Time), a team member for FASS’s Multispecies Justice strategic research theme, and author of SEI’s Great Barrier Reef Stories. His recent writing is available or forthcoming from A Cultural History of the Sea in the Age of Enlightenment (Bloomsbury), Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947 (Palgrave), The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Eighteenth-Century Life.

Killian received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University’s Department of English in 2016. 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 USyd, he is a contributor to the Open Learning Environment course Global Ethics: The Great Barrier Reef. He welcomes communication from colleagues and students at all levels.

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

List of Publications:


Submarine Poetics (Manuscript in process)



The Aesthetics of the Undersea. With Margaret Cohen.
Routledge/Earthscan. (forthcoming 20 November 2018) (website)


“The Pastoral Submarine: William Diaper and Eclogue’s Marine Frontier” (under review)

“Seascape and the Aesthetics of Motion,” in
A Cultural History of the Sea in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Jonathan Lamb. Bloomsbury. (forthcoming, under contract)

“Submarine Aesthetics.” Introduction, with Margaret Cohen, to The Aesthetics of the Undersea,
eds. Quigley & Cohen. Routledge/Earthscan. (forthcoming Nov. 2018)

“The Porcellaneous Ocean: Nature and Fantasy in the Rococo Undersea,” in
The Aesthetics of the Undersea, eds. Quigley & Margaret Cohen. Routledge/Earthscan. (forthcoming Nov. 2018)


“Walking to China: Infatuation and the Irish in New South Wales,” in Ireland’s Imperial Connections, 1775-1947, eds. Daniel S. Roberts & Jonathan Jeffrey Wright. Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming, under contract)

“Boggy Geography and an Irish Moose: Thomas Molyneux’s New World Neighborhood.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 58.4 (Winter 2017): 385-406.
doi: 10.1353/ecy.2017.0033

“Indolence and Illness: Scurvy, the Irish, and Early Australia.” Eighteenth-Century Life 41.2
(April 2017): 139-53. doi: 10.1215/00982601-3841432