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. “Taking Suffering Seriously.” The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings, edited by Michael Peterson, University of Notre Dame Press, 1992, pp. 339–49.

Surin, K. J. “C.L.R. James's Materialist Aesthetics of Cricket.” Intellectuals and Society in the Caribbean: Vol. 1, edited by A. Hennessy, Macmillan, 1992, pp. 131–62.

Surin, K. J. “Towards a "Materialist" Critique of "Religious Pluralism".” Religious Pluralism and Unbelief: Studies Critical and Comparative, edited by Ian Hamnett, New York and London: Routledge, 1990, pp. 114–29.

Surin, K. J. “A "Politics of Speech": Religious Pluralism in the Age of the McDonald’s Hamburger.” Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered, edited by Gavin D. Costa, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1990, pp. 192–212.

Surin, K. J. “Some Aspects of the Grammar of ’Incarnation’.” Christ, Ethics, and Tragedy, edited by Kenneth Surin, Cambridge University Press, 1989, pp. 93–116.

Surin, K. J. “North American Theologies: Process Theology.” The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theologians of the Twentieth Century, edited by David Ford, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989, pp. 103–14.

Surin, K. J. “Articles on ’Experience’ and ’The Experiential Approach to Religious Education’.” A Dictionary of Religious Education, edited by J. M. Sutcliffe, London: SCM Press, 1980.


Surin, K. J. “Standing Schumpeter on his Head: Robert Brenner's Economics of Global Turbulence.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 19, 1999, pp. 53–60.

Surin, K. J. “The Reanimation of Dependency Theory in the Age of Finance Capital.” Cultural Logic, vol. 1, no. 2, July 1998.

Surin, K. “The ‘Epochality’ of Deleuzean Thought.” Theory, Culture &Amp; Society, vol. 14, no. 2, Jan. 1997, pp. 9–21. Scopus, doi:10.1177/026327697014002003. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “On Producing the Concept of a Global Culture.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 94, 1995, pp. 1179–99.

Surin, K. “"Reinventing a physiology of collective liberation": Going "beyond marx" in the marxism(s) of negri, guattari, and deleuze.” Rethinking Marxism, vol. 7, no. 2, Jan. 1994, pp. 9–27. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08935699408658095. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “'The Continued Relevance of Marxism' as a Question: Some Propositions.” Polygraph, no. 6, 1993, pp. 39–71.

Surin, K. J. “Transform the World, Change Life: Michael Taussig's Poetics of Destruction and Revelation.” The South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 92, 1993, pp. 261–94.

Surin, K. “Four perspectives-I.” Horizons, vol. 18, no. 2, Jan. 1991, pp. 290–95. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0360966900025172. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Some Programmatic Notes on James's Politics of Culture.” Clr James Journal, vol. 2, 1991, pp. 8–10.

Surin, K. J. “The Evils of Theodicy: A Perspective.” Horizons [Usa], vol. 18, 1991, pp. 290–95.