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. "A Question of an Axiomatics of Desires: The Deleuzean Imagination of Geoliterature." Deleuze and Literature. Ed. I Buchanan and J Marks. Edinburgh University Press, 2000. 167-93.

Surin, KJ. "Culture/Cultural Criticism." A Handbook for Postmodern Biblical Interpretation. Ed. AKM Adam. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000. 49-54.

Surin, KJ. "Liberation." Critical Terms for Religious Study. Ed. MC Taylor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. 173-85.

Surin, KJ. "’On Producing the Concept of a Global Culture’." Nations, Cultures, and Identities. Ed. VY Mudimbe. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. 199-219.

Surin, KJ. "’The Future Anterior’: On Going Beyond C.L.R. James’s Beyond a Boundary." Rethinking C.L.R. James. Ed. G Farred. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996. 87-104.

Surin, KJ. "Suffering." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ethics, Theology, and Society. London: Routledge, 1996. 803-805.

Surin, KJ. "’The Continued Relevance of Marxism’ as a Question: Some Propositions." Marxism Beyond Marxism. Ed. C Casarino, R Karl, and S Makdisi. (London: Routledge, 1996. 181-213.

Surin, KJ. "C.L.R. James’s Materialist Aesthetics of Cricket." Liberation Cricket: West Indies Cricket Culture. Ed. HM Beckles and B Stoddart. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995. 313-341.

Surin, KJ. "Raymond Williams on Tragedy and Revolution." Cultural Materialism: On Raymond Williams. Ed. C Prendergast. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995. 143-172.

Surin, KJ. "The Problem of Evil." The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993. 192-199.


Surin, KJ. "Delre Is World-Historical': Political Knowledge." Capitalism and Schizophrenia Polygraph 14 (2002): 129-141. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Dossier on Empire." Rethinking Marxism 13 (2001): 89-94. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "The Sovereign Individual and Michael Taussig's Poetics of Defacement." Nepantla 2.1 (2001): 203-217. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "On Not Being Sure About the 'Post' in 'Postcolonial': Afterthoughts on Postcolonial Religious Studies." Sophia: An Australian Journal of Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion 39 (2000): 208-226. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Standing Schumpeter on his Head: Robert Brenner's Economics of Global Turbulence." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 19 (1999): 53-60. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "The Future States of Politics: Deleuze and the Future of Politics." Culture Machine 1.1 (January 1999). (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Afterthoughts on Diaspora." South Atlantic Quarterly 98 (1999): 275-325. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "The Reanimation of Dependency Theory in the Age of Finance Capital." Cultural Logic 1.2 (July 1998). (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "The Epochality of Deleuzean Thought." Theory, Culture, and Society 14 (1997): 9-21. (Academic Article)