Kir Kuiken

Kir Kuiken
Associate Professor


Humanities 320

PhD, University of California, Irvine

Kir Kuiken

Professor Kuiken joined the faculty at the University at Albany in 2008. His areas of research include Romantic Literature and Culture, Romantic moral and political philosophy, and contemporary political and aesthetic theory. He is currently working on several projects, including a manuscript entitled Adrift on the Earth: Romanticism and Political Ecology, which examines how a number of Romantic authors conceptualize the Earth as distinct from world or nature, as well as a jointly edited collection (with Deborah Elise White) titled Haiti’s Literary Legacies: Romanticism and the Unthinkable Revolution (Bloomsbury Press).


Selected Publications


Kir Kuiken Imagine Sovereignties book cover

Imagined Sovereignties: Toward a New Political Romanticism (Fordham University Press, 2014) 

Recent Publications:

“Impasse, Promise, and Impossible Community: Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas and Blanchot’s Community of Lovers,” Comparative Literature, 72.2 (2020): 128-143.

Kleist’s Betrothal in San Domingo and the Unthinkable Revolution,” Bloomsbury Press (forthcoming).

“Bio-Inscriptionality: The Eternal Return and Reproduction in Derrida’s Life/Death Seminar,” Biotheory: Life and Death After Capitalism, Routledge Press, 2020, 63-79.

“Bidding up on the Question of Sovereignty: Derrida Between Kant and Benjamin,” Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida’s Seminar and the New Abolitionism, New York: Fordham University Press 2018, 119-138.

“Eclipse of the Gaze: Nancy, Community and the Death of the Other”: Dead Theory: Derrida, Death and the Afterlife of Theory, New York: Bloomsbury Press 2016, 173-190.

“The Power of a Form of Thought that Has Become Foreign to Itself”: Rancière, Romanticism and the Partage of the Sensible,” SubStance. 45.1 (2016): 6-21.

OmphalosEssays in Romanticism, 22.2 (2015): 167-181.