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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 Ritchie Robertson

German, Dutch and Scandanavian Languages and Literatures Western Europe Germany, Austria History Historical Studies of Language and Literature

Professor Martin Butler

Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, especially the drama and theatre; Ben Jonson and his circle; the court masque; textual editing

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