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 1977
  • B.A., University of Reading (England) 1972

Surin, K. “The Frankfurt School, the Marxist Tradition, Culture and critical thinking: Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, JuÈrgen Habermas.” Modern European Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide, 2006, pp. 156–65.

Surin, K. J. “’Now Everything must Be Reinvented’: Negri and Revolution.” The Philosophy of Antonio Negri, edited by T. Murphy and A. -. K. Mustapha, Pluto Press, 2005, pp. 205–42.

Surin, K. J. “Force.” Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts, edited by Charles J. Stivale, Acumen Press, 2005, pp. 19–30.

Surin, K. J. “Rewriting The Ontological Script Of Liberation: On The Question Of Finding A New Kind Of Political Subject.” Ontology in Practice, edited by John Milbank et al., Duke University Press, 2005, pp. 240–66.

Surin, K. J. “Liberation.” The Enclyclopedia of Religion, Macmillan, 2004.

Surin, K. J. “Postmodernity.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Protestantism, edited by H. Hillerbrand, Routledge, 2004.

Surin, K. J. “Dealing in Straight Power Concepts": the Quest for Justice After September 11.” Strike Terror No More: Theology, Ethics, and the New War, edited by Jon L. Berquist, London: Chalice Press, 2002, pp. 86–43.

Surin, K. J. “Hostage to an Unaccountable Planetary Executive: the Flawed "Washington Consensus" and Two World Bank Reports.” World Bank Literature, edited by Amitava Kumar, University of Minnesota Press, 2002, pp. 238–57.

Surin, K. J. “The Frankfurt School.” The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Modern Literary Criticism and Theory, edited by Julian Wolfreys, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002, pp. 158–67.


Surin, K. “Conceptualizing trauma, but what about Asia?.” Positions, vol. 16, no. 1, Dec. 2008.

Surin, K. “Can a "chosen" people have a "true" politics?'.” Angelaki  Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 12, no. 1, Dec. 2007, pp. 145–50. Scopus, doi:10.1080/09697250701309700. Full Text

Surin, K. “The dark gaze: Maurice blanchot and the sacred – Kevin Hart.” Modern Theology, vol. 23, no. 1, Jan. 2007, pp. 152–54. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.2007.00365.x. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Review of Kevin Hart, The Dark Gaze.” Modern Theology, vol. 23, 2007, pp. 152–54.

Surin, K. J. “Control Societies and the Managed Citizen.” Junctures:  New Zealand Journal of Critical Dialogue, no. 8, 2007, pp. 11–25.

Surin, K. “Fandom: Colin "pine tree" meads.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 105, no. 2, Dec. 2006, pp. 429–46. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-105-2-429. Full Text

Surin, K. “Theology and marxism: The tragic and tragi-comic.” Literature and Theology, vol. 19, no. 2, Dec. 2005, pp. 112–31. Scopus, doi:10.1093/litthe/fri015. Full Text

Surin, K. “World ordering.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 104, no. 2, Dec. 2005, pp. 185–97. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-104-2-185. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Postpolitical Citizenship.” Polygraph, vol. 16/17, 2005, pp. 47–57.