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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Dr Daniel Derrin, PhD (Macquarie University)

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Honorary Fellow in the Department of English Studies

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Academic biography

Academic history: I studied English at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, completing my PhD in early modern literature in 2012. A revised version of my thesis was published in 2013 as Rhetoric and the Familiar in Francis Bacon and John Donne. Following this I taught English literature at the University of Sydney, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, and at Macquarie University, before taking up the S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship in 2014, awarded by the University of Melbourne and carried out at the Warburg Institute, University of London. I have also been an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800 (

I am currently at work on several projects on early modern comedy and humour. Alongside a monograph on this topic, I am coediting The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology, a publication developed from the Humours of the Past project, on which I was co-investigator with Hannah Burrows (Aberdeen).

Research Interests

  • Traditions of comedy
  • Humour theory
  • Early modern rhetoric
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern drama
  • Francis Bacon and natural philosophy
  • Poetry of John Donne


Authored book

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Edited book

  • Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel (Accepted). Alexander Pope in the Reign of Queen Anne. Routlege.
  • Derrin, Daniel & Burrows, Hannah (Accepted). The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel (2018). Shakespeare and the Soliloquy in Early Modern English Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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