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. "Taking Suffering Seriously." The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings. Ed. M Peterson. University of Notre Dame Press, 1992. 339-349.

Surin, KJ. "C.L.R. James's Materialist Aesthetics of Cricket." Intellectuals and Society in the Caribbean: vol. 1. Ed. A Hennessy. London & New York: Macmillan, 1992. 131-162.

Surin, KJ. "Towards a "Materialist" Critique of "Religious Pluralism"." Religious Pluralism and Unbelief: Studies Critical and Comparative. Ed. I Hamnett. New York and London: Routledge, 1990. 114-129.

Surin, KJ. "A "Politics of Speech": Religious Pluralism in the Age of the McDonald’s Hamburger." Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered. Ed. GD Costa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1990. 192-212.

Surin, KJ. "Some Aspects of the Grammar of ’Incarnation’." Christ, Ethics, and Tragedy. Ed. K Surin. Cambridge University Press, 1989. 93-116.

Surin, KJ. "North American Theologies: Process Theology." The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theologians of the Twentieth Century. Ed. D Ford. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989. 103-114.

Surin, KJ. "Articles on ’Experience’ and ’The Experiential Approach to Religious Education’." A Dictionary of Religious Education. Ed. JM Sutcliffe. London: SCM Press, 1980.


Surin, KJ. "On Producing the Concept of a Global Culture." South Atlantic Quarterly 94 (1995): 1179-1199. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "'The Continued Relevance of Marxism' as a Question: Some Propositions." Polygraph 6 (1993): 39-71. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Transform the World, Change Life: Michael Taussig's Poetics of Destruction and Revelation." The South Atlantic Quarterly 92 (1993): 261-294. (Academic Article)

Surin, K. "Four perspectives-I." Horizons 18.2 (January 1, 1991): 290-295. (Review) Full Text

Surin, KJ. "Some Programmatic Notes on James's Politics of Culture." CLR James Journal 2 (1991): 8-10.

Surin, KJ. "The Evils of Theodicy: A Perspective." Horizons [USA] 18 (1991): 290-295. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "The Undecidable and the Fugitive: Mille Plateaux and the State-Form." SubStance [USA] 66 (1991): 102-113. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "Marxism(s) and 'the Withering Away of the State'." Social Text [USA] 27 (1990): 35-54. (Academic Article)

Surin, KJ. "C. L. R. James's Materialist Aesthetics of Cricket." Polygraph [USA] 4 (1990): 111-149. (Academic Article)