Kenneth J. Surin

Kenneth J. Surin

Professor Emeritus of Literature

External address: 
101F Science Building, Duke East Campus, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-4364

(Ph.D. Birmingham, England, 1977) is Professor of Literature and Professor of Religion and Critical Theory. He trained initially as an analytical philosopher. His teaching areas include anglophone literatures outside England, philosophy (both analytical and continental), critical theory, marxism, state theory, and international political economy.


  • Ph.D., University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) 1977
  • B.A., University of Reading (United Kingdom) 1972

Selected Grants

Political Order and Modernity awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005

Surin, K. J. Can There Be A Delinking Strategy For The Nations Of The Caribbean? Indiana University Press, 2011.

Surin, Kenneth. Freedom Not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order. Duke University Press, 2009.

Surin, K. J., editor. Christ, Ethics and Tragedy: Essays in Honour of Donald M MacKinnon. Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Surin, K. J. Theology and the Problem of Evil. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986.

Surin, K. J. “Review Essay of Grant Farred’s In Motion, at Rest (Accepted).” Cultural Critique, 2015.

Surin, K. “Force.” Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts, 2013, pp. 21–32.

Surin, K. J. “Neoliberal Property Relations (Accepted).” Property and Aesthetics in Contemporary Globalization, edited by J. Huimin, Shanghai international Studies University Press, 2012.

Surin, K. J. “Can there be a Marxist Conception of Value that is not ‘Productivist’?”.” Proceedings of the Sino-British Conference on Marxism, Culture, and Aesthetics, edited by Robert Spencer, Central Compilation and Translation Press, 2012, pp. 103–12.

Surin, K. “Comparative Literature in America: Attempt at a Genealogy.” A Companion to Comparative Literature, 2011, pp. 65–72. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444342789.ch5. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Revisiting Empire: some Small Reservations and Much Gratitude.” Proceedings of Pittsburgh Conference on EMPIRE, edited by Tim Murphy and Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Surin, K. J. “Can there be a notion of Absolute Value?Sino-British Forum on Marxist Aesthetics 2011, edited by Robert Spencer, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2011.

Surin, K. J. “The Strange Fate of Property in Neoliberal Times.” Proceedings off International Conference on Property and Aesthetics, edited by Jin Huimin, 2011.

Surin, K. J. “On Producing the Concept of the Concept-Image.” Releasing the Image:  From Literature to New Media, edited by R. Mitchell and J. Khallip, Stanford University Press, 2011, pp. 171–80.

Surin, K. J. “Existing not as a Subject but as a Work of Art: the Task of Ethics or Aesthetics?Deleuze and Ethics, edited by D. W. Smith and N. Jun, Edinburgh University Press, 2011, pp. 142–53.

Surin, K. J. “C.L.R. James as Writer on Cricket.” Cambridge Companion to Cricket, edited by A. Bateman and J. Hill, Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 131–43.


Surin, K. “Mao's "on contradiction," mao-hegel/mao-deleuze.” Clcweb  Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 20, no. 3, Sept. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.7771/1481-4374.3248. Full Text

Surin, K. “The abyss looks back.” American Book Review, vol. 39, no. 2–3, Jan. 2018, pp. 6–7. Scopus, doi:10.1353/abr.2018.0003. Full Text

Surin, K. “Surroundings: Deleuze and Guattari.” Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 41, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 403–10. Scopus, doi:10.22230/cjc.2016v41n3a3168. Full Text

Surin, K., and S. Salaita. “"Marxism, without guarantees": What I learned from stuart hall.” Cultural Critique, vol. 89, Jan. 2015, pp. 136–49.

Surin, K. J. “What I Learned from Stuart Hall (Accepted).” Cultural Critique, 2015.

Surin, K. J. “Empire Ten Years After: Much Gratitude, Some Reservations (Accepted).” Theory and Event: An Online Journal of Political Theory, 2015.

Surin, K. J. “What Will It Take to Stop Israel? Truth and Justice.” The Other Journal: An Intersection of Theology and Culture, Aug. 2014.

Yanlin, S. “Western Marxism in the Post-Financial Crisis Era: An Interview with Kenneth Surin, conducted by Shi Yanlin.” International Critical Thought, vol. 4, 2014, pp. 1–9.

Surin, K. “Marxism and religion.” Critical Research on Religion, vol. 1, no. 1, Apr. 2013, pp. 9–14. Scopus, doi:10.1177/2050303213476107. Full Text

Surin, K. J., and W. Jie. “Interview on Marxism and Aesthetics (conducted by Wang Jie, Dean of Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University).” Research on Marxist Aesthetics, vol. 14, 2012, pp. 142–60.


Surin, K. J. “Can there be a Marxist Conception of Value that is not ‘Productivist’?Proceedings of the Sino British Conference on Marxism, Culture, and Aesthetics, Central Compilation and Translation Press, 2012, pp. 103–12.

Surin, K. J. “Entries on Marx, Micropolitics, Partial Objects, Socius, Spinoza, State, Control Society and State theory, Materialism and Philosophy.” Deleuze Dictionary, edited by A. Parr, Columbia University Press, 2006.