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Biography

Academic biography

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 (http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/). I have long been interested in early modern ideas about rhetoric, which led to my first book and to the co-edited collection of essays Shakespeare and the Soliloquy.

Having recently co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology, a book developed from the Humours of the Past project, for which I was co-investigator with Dr Hannah Burrows (Aberdeen), I am now also completing a monograph on early modern humour. 

I also have research interests in eighteenth-century literature and cultural history. I recently co-edited Alexander Pope in the Reign of Queen Anne with Professor A.D. Cousins. With Professor Cousins I am currently editing a new collection of essays on Alexander Pope and Enlightenment conceptions of Myth. 

Research interests

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

Publications

Authored book

  • Derrin, Daniel (Accepted). Humour and Renaissance Culture: 1500-1660. Routledge.
  • Derrin, Daniel (2013). Rhetoric and the Familiar in Francis Bacon and John Donne. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Book review

  • Derrin, Daniel (2020). Review of "In the Event of Laughter: Psychoanalysis, Literature and Comedy" by Alfie Bown. The Modern Language Review 115(1): 147-148.
  • Derrin, Daniel (2018). Review of "Humour and Laughter in History: Transcultural Perspectives" edited by Elisabeth Cheauré and Regine Nohejl. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 31(4).
  • Derrin, Daniel (2015). Review of "Teaching Shakespeare and Marlowe: Learn Versus the System" by Liam Semler. Parergon
  • Derrin, Daniel (2014). Review of "The English Clown Tradition from the Middle Ages to Shakespeare" by Robert Hornback. Parergon 31(2): 173-174.

Chapter in book

  • Derrin, Daniel (2021). Comic Character and Counter-Violation: Critiquing Benign Violation Theory. In The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology. Derrin, Daniel & Burrows, Hannah Palgrave Macmillan. 133-150.
  • Derrin, Daniel (2020). Painting Deformed Portraits: Humour in Pope's Early Prose. In Alexander Pope in the Reign of Queen Anne: Reconsiderations of his Early Career. Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel Routledge. 153-174.
  • Derrin, Daniel (2018). Contemplative Idiots in Soliloquy: Rhetorical Parody, Laughable Deformities and the Audience. In Shakespeare and the Soliloquy in Early Modern English Drama. Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 68-79.
  • Derrin, Daniel (2014). Shakespearean Comedy. In Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Attardo, S. Sage Publications. 684-688.
  • Derrin, Daniel (2014). Subtle Persuasions: The Memory of Bodily Experience as a Rhetorical Device in Francis Bacon’s Parliamentary Speeches. In Conjunctions of Mind, Soul and Body from Plato to the Enlightenment. Kambaskovic, Danijela Springer. 133-154.

Edited book

  • Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel (Accepted). Pope’s Mythologies: Alexander Pope and Myth in the Early British Enlightenment. Routledge.
  • Derrin, Daniel & Burrows, Hannah (2021). The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel (2020). Alexander Pope in the Reign of Queen Anne: Reconsiderations of his Early Career. Routlege.
  • Cousins, A.D. & Derrin, Daniel (2018). Shakespeare and the Soliloquy in Early Modern English Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article