Kir Kuiken

Associate Professor

Kir Kuiken Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Romantic Literature and Culture, 19th-century British Literature, Literary Theory, Contemporary Continental Philosophy and Political Theory.

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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. His recent book, "Imagined Sovereignties" (Fordham, 2014) explores the connection between the aesthetic imagination and the production of modern sovereignty in the wake of the collapse of divine right. He is currently working on several projects: a study of the critical legacy of the representation of the Haitian revolution in key Romantic authors, and a book on the reconfiguration of the relationships between poetics, the "home," and the nation in British and German Romanticism. 

Selected Publications


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

Selected Articles

1.     Derrida, Sovereignty and Style,” Oxford Literary Review, (forthcoming).

Omphaloi of the Political: Wordsworth, Hartman, and Natural Law,” Essays in Romanticism, (forthcoming).

"Introduction- The Citizen-Subject Revisited," Postmodern Culture, 22.2 (2011-2012).

"The Metaleptic Imagination in Shelley's Defence of Poetry," Keats-Shelley Journal, (60) 2011: 95-111.

"Shelley's 'Mask of Anarchy' and the Problem of Modern Sovereignty," Literature Compass, 8.2 (2010): 95-106.

"Between Heidegger and Derrida: On the Impossible Futures of Techne," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 33.3-4 (2006): 293-310.

"Deleuze/ Derrida: Towards an Almost Imperceptible Difference," Research in Phenomenology, 35 (2005): 290-308.

"On the Delineation of Choice and Decision in Benjamin's "Goethe's Elective Affinities,'" Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 31.3 (2004): 286-308.