Professor John Kerrigan FBA
About this Fellow
Brought up in Liverpool, I was educated at St Edward's College, a Christian Brothers grammar school. After Oxford (Keble and Merton), where I thought about making a living as a horn player, I went to Cambridge as a lecturer in English. A Research Readership from the British Academy and a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust at different times supported my work. My interests range about, though they are at present mostly concentrated in the early modern and contemporary periods. I have given talks in many parts of the world.
- Professor of English 2000, University of Cambridge; Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge
English literature of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, especially Sir Philip Sidney, Shakespeare, and Samuel Johnson; post-medieval palaeography; bibliography and the history of the book
The historically-informed study of seventeenth-century English literature; scholarly editing of seventeenth-century texts; stylistic criticism
Renaissance humanism and European literature 1450-1700; the history of religion in relation to the history of the book; literary theory and the history of philosophy
The literature of the English Renaissance, with special interests in legal or forensic rhetoric, women's writing and Anglo-Scots relations