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. “The Undecidable and the Fugitive: Mille Plateaux and the State-Form.” Substance [Usa], no. 66, 1991, pp. 102–13.

Surin, K. “'The sign that something else is always possible': Hearing and saying "jesus is risen" and hearing the voices of those who suffer: Some textual/political reflections.” Literature and Theology, vol. 4, no. 3, Nov. 1990, pp. 263–77. Scopus, doi:10.1093/litthe/4.3.263. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Marxism(s) and 'the Withering Away of the State'.” Social Text [Usa], no. 27, 1990, pp. 35–54.

Surin, K. J. “C. L. R. James's Materialist Aesthetics of Cricket.” Polygraph [Usa], no. 4, 1990, pp. 111–49.

SURIN, K. “A CERTAIN ‘POLITICS OF SPEECH’: ‘RELIGIOUS PLURALISM’ IN THE AGE OF THE McDONALD'S HAMBURGER.” Modern Theology, vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 1990, pp. 67–100. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.1990.tb00236.x. Full Text

SURIN, K. “MANY RELIGIONS AND THE ONE TRUE FAITH‘: AN EXAMINATION OF LINDBECK'S CHAPTER THREE.” Modern Theology, vol. 4, no. 2, Jan. 1988, pp. 187–209. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.1988.tb00164.x. Full Text

SURIN, K. “THE TRINITY AND PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTION: A STUDY OF DAVID BROWN'S THE DIVINE TRINITY.” Modern Theology, vol. 2, no. 3, Jan. 1986, pp. 235–56. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.1986.tb00116.x. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Christology, Tragedy and "Ideology".” The Thomist [Usa], vol. 89, 1986, pp. 283–91.

Surin, K. J. “The Trinity and Philosophical Reflection.” Modern Theology, vol. 2, 1986, pp. 235–56.