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. J. “A Question of an Axiomatics of Desires: The Deleuzean Imagination of Geoliterature.” Deleuze and Literature, edited by I. Buchanan and J. Marks, Edinburgh University Press, 2000, pp. 167–93.

Surin, K. J. “Culture/Cultural Criticism.” A Handbook for Postmodern Biblical Interpretation, edited by A. K. M. Adam, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000, pp. 49–54.

Surin, K. J. “Liberation.” Critical Terms for Religious Study, edited by M. C. Taylor, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998, pp. 173–85.

Surin, K. J. “’On Producing the Concept of a Global Culture’.” Nations, Cultures, and Identities, edited by V. Y. Mudimbe, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997, pp. 199–219.

Surin, K. J. “’The Future Anterior’: On Going Beyond C.L.R. James’s Beyond a Boundary.” Rethinking C.L.R. James, edited by Grant Farred, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996, pp. 87–104.

Surin, K. J. “Suffering.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ethics, Theology, and Society, London: Routledge, 1996, pp. 803–05.

Surin, K. J. “’The Continued Relevance of Marxism’ as a Question: Some Propositions.” Marxism Beyond Marxism, edited by C. Casarino et al., (London: Routledge, 1996, pp. 181–213.

Surin, K. J. “C.L.R. James’s Materialist Aesthetics of Cricket.” Liberation Cricket: West Indies Cricket Culture, edited by H. M. Beckles and B. Stoddart, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995, pp. 313–41.

Surin, K. J. “Raymond Williams on Tragedy and Revolution.” Cultural Materialism: On Raymond Williams, edited by Christopher Prendergast, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995, pp. 143–72.

Surin, K. J. “The Problem of Evil.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993, pp. 192–99.


Surin, K. “The night can sweat with terror as before: Afterthoughts.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 102, no. 4, Dec. 2003, pp. 895–913. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-102-4-895. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “'The Night Can Sweat with Terror as Before.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 102, Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 893–911.

Surin, K. J. “Getting the Picture: Donald Davidson on Robert Morris's Blind Time Drawings (Drawing with Davidson).” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101, 2002, pp. 133–69.

Surin, K. J. “Delre Is World-Historical': Political Knowledge.” Capitalism and Schizophrenia, vol. Polygraph 14, 2002, pp. 129–41.

Surin, K. “The sovereign individual, subalternity, and becoming-other.” Angelaki  Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 6, no. 1, Dec. 2001, pp. 47–63. Scopus, doi:10.1080/713650370. Full Text

Surin, K. “Dossier on empire.” Rethinking Marxism, vol. 13, no. 3–4, Jan. 2001, pp. 89–94. Scopus, doi:10.1080/089356901101241767. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “The Sovereign Individual and Michael Taussig's Poetics of Defacement.” Nepantla, vol. 2, no. 1, 2001, pp. 203–17.

Surin, K. “On not being sure about the 'post' in 'postcolonial': Afterthoughts on postcolonial religious studies.” Sophia, vol. 39, no. 1, Jan. 2000, pp. 208–26. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02786387. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “The Future States of Politics: Deleuze and the Future of Politics.” Culture Machine, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 1999.

Surin, K. J. “Afterthoughts on Diaspora.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 98, 1999, pp. 275–325.