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Professor John Kerrigan FBA

Shakespeare and drama; seventeenth-century Anglophone literature; British and Irish poetry since Yeats
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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.



Current post

  • Professor of English 2000, University of Cambridge; Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge


Shakespeare's Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint, ed. 1986


Motives of Woe: Shakespeare and 'Female Complaint' 1991


Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon 1996


On Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature: Essays 2001


Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics, 1603-1707 2008


Shakespeare's Binding Language 2016


Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Henry Woudhuysen

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

Professor Thomas Corns

The historically-informed study of seventeenth-century English literature; scholarly editing of seventeenth-century texts; stylistic criticism

Professor Brian Cummings

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

Professor Lorna Hutson

The literature of the English Renaissance, with special interests in legal or forensic rhetoric, women's writing and Anglo-Scots relations