Kenneth J. Surin

Kenneth J. Surin

Professor 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, KJ. "’Now Everything must Be Reinvented’: Negri and Revolution." The Philosophy of Antonio Negri. Ed. T Murphy and A-K Mustapha. Pluto Press, 2005. 205-242.

Surin, KJ. "Force." Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts. Ed. CJ Stivale. Acumen Press, 2005. 19-30.

Surin, KJ. "Rewriting The Ontological Script Of Liberation: On The Question Of Finding A New Kind Of Political Subject." Ontology in Practice. Ed. J Milbank, S Zizek, and C Davis. Duke University Press, 2005. 240-266.

Surin, KJ. "Liberation." The Enclyclopedia of Religion. Macmillan, 2004.

Surin, KJ. "Postmodernity." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Protestantism. Ed. H Hillerbrand. London: Routledge, 2004.

Surin, KJ. "Dealing in Straight Power Concepts": the Quest for Justice After September 11." Strike Terror No More: Theology, Ethics, and the New War. Ed. JL Berquist. London: Chalice Press, 2002. 86-43.

Surin, KJ. "Hostage to an Unaccountable Planetary Executive: the Flawed "Washington Consensus" and Two World Bank Reports." World Bank Literature. Ed. A Kumar. University of Minnesota Press, 2002. 238-57.

Surin, KJ. "The Frankfurt School." The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Modern Literary Criticism and Theory. Ed. J Wolfreys. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002. 158-67.


Surin, KJ. "Can a Chosen People have a True Politics?." Angelaki 12 (2007): 145-150. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Control Societies and the Managed Citizen." Junctures: New Zealand Journal of Critical Dialogue 8 (2007): 11-25. (Academic Article)

Surin, K. "The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred ? Kevin Hart." Modern Theology 23.1 (January 2007): 152-154. Full Text

Surin, KJ. "Fandom: Colin 'Pine Tree' Meads." South Atlantic Quarterly 105 (2006): 429-446.

Surin, KJ. "Theology and Marxism: The Tragic and Tragi-Comic." Literature and Theology 19 (2005): 112-131. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Postpolitical Citizenship." Polygraph 16/17 (2005): 47-57. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "World Ordering." South Atlantic Quarterly 104 (2005): 185-197. (Academic Article)

Surin, K. ""The Night Can Sweat with Terror As Before": Afterthoughts." South Atlantic Quarterly 102.4 (October 1, 2003): 895-913. Full Text

Surin, KJ. "'The Night Can Sweat with Terror as Before." South Atlantic Quarterly 102 (2003): 893-911.

Surin, KJ. "Getting the Picture: Donald Davidson on Robert Morris's Blind Time Drawings (Drawing with Davidson)." South Atlantic Quarterly 101 (2002): 133-169. (Academic Article)