Austin E. Quigley

H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English
and Comparative Literature
Dean of Columbia College 1995- .

B.A., University of Nottingham (1967)
M.A. (Linguistics), University of Birmingham (1969)
Ph.D.,University of California, Santa Cruz (1971)

In 1990, Prof. Quigley came to Columbia from the University of Virginia where he was English Department chair. He has also taught at the universities of Nottingham, Geneva, Konstanz, and Massachusetts.

His interests are drama, modern literature, literary theory, and linguistics. He has published many articles on modern drama and literary theory, and is at work on two books, Language, Linguistics, and Literature and Postmodernism and the Drama. He has received Danforth and NEH Fellowships and an Associateship at the University of Virginia. Former chair of MLA's Drama Division Executive Committee,

He is a member of the editorial boards of New Literary History, Modern Drama, and The Pinter Review.


The Pinter Problem, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975)

The Modern Stage and Other Worlds, (New York: Methuen, 1985)

Articles include:

"The Dumb Waiter: Undermining the Tacit Dimension," Modern Drama, 21 (March 1978), 1-11

"Creativity and Commitment in Trevor Griffith's Comedians," Modern Drama, 24 (December 1981), 404-23

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