Curran Kevin

Curran Kevin

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Current teaching

2017-> Anglo-American Literary Survey 1&2... Cours
2017-> Critical Approaches... Séminaire
2016-> Shakespeare's Theater... Séminaire
2015-> Research Methodologies... Séminaire
2019->2020 Explication de textes : Theaters of Knowledge : Marlowe and Shakespeare... Séminaire
2019->2020 Explication de textes : The Merchant of Venice: Text and Script... Séminaire
2019->2020 Explication de textes : William Wycherley's The Country Wife... Séminaire
2019->2020 Global Theatricality in Renaissance England... Séminaire
2019->2020 The Legal Imagination: Renaissance Texts/Contemporary Questions... Séminaire
2019->2020 What Can Theater Do? Thinking with Caryl Churchill... Séminaire
2018->2019 Experiments in Theater, 1950 to the Present... Séminaire
2018->2019 Explication de textes : George Etherege's The Man of Mode... Séminaire
2018->2019 Explication de textes : Shakespeare's Sonnets... Séminaire
2018->2019 Explication de textes : Shakespeare Through Performance : Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear... Séminaire
2018->2019 Modernist Women's Erotic Writing... Séminaire
2018->2019 Renaissance Theatricality... Séminaire
2017->2019 English Renaissance Drama... Séminaire
2017->2018 Introduction to Literary Analysis... Séminaire
2017->2018 Shakespeare and Selfhood... Séminaire
2017->2018 The Legal Imagination in Renaissance England... Séminaire

Former teaching

2016->2017 Explication de textes : Shakespeare's Sonnets... Séminaire
2016->2017 Explication de textes : Tragic Knowledge: Marlowe's Faustus, Shakespeare's Macbeth... Séminaire
2016->2017 Renaissance Theatricality... Séminaire
2016->2017 Survey of Anglo-American Literature, Parts I and II... Cours
2016->2017 The Global Renaissance... Séminaire
2013->2017 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2015->2016 Community and Conflict: Literature and Society from Jonson to Milton... Séminaire
2015->2016 English Renaissance Drama: Performance, Reception, Imagination... Séminaire
2015->2016 Introduction to Literary Analysis... Séminaire
2015->2016 Shakespeare and Selfhood... Séminaire




Kevin Curran specializes in English Renaissance drama. He is the editor of the book series “Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy” and author of Shakespeare’s Legal Ecologies: Law and Distributed Selfhood (2017) and Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court (2009). He is the editor of Shakespeare and Judgment (2016) and co-editor of a special issue of the journal Criticism on “Shakespeare and Phenomenology” (2012). In 2017, Prof. Curran was named Distinguished International Visiting Fellow at the Center for the History Of Emotions in Australia. He is the founder and Director of the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival.




Kevin Curran, Shakespeare’s Legal Ecologies: Law and Distributed Selfhood. Northwestern University Press, 2017.

Shakespeare’s Legal Ecologies offers the first sustained examination of the relationship between law and selfhood in Shakespeare’s work. Taking five plays and the sonnets as case studies, Kevin Curran argues that law provided Shakespeare with the conceptual resources to imagine selfhood in social and distributed terms, as a product of interpersonal exchange or as a gathering of various material forces. In the course of these discussions, Curran reveals Shakespeare’s distinctly communitarian vision of personal and political experience, the way he regarded living, thinking, and acting in the world as materially and socially embedded practices.
At the center of the book is Shakespeare’s fascination with questions that are fundamental to both law and philosophy: What are the sources of agency? What counts as a person? For whom am I responsible, and how far does that responsibility extend? What is truly mine? Curran guides readers through Shakespeare’s responses to these questions, paying careful attention to both historical and intellectual contexts.
The result is a book that advances a new theory of Shakespeare’s imaginative relationship to law and an original account of law’s role in the ethical work of his plays and sonnets. Readers interested in Shakespeare, theater and philosophy, law, and the history of ideas will find Shakespeare’s Legal Ecologies to be an essential resource.

ISBN: 9780810135185

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