Professor John Kerrigan FBA

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

Elected 2013

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

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