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Daniel Derrin

Daniel Derrin is an Honorary Associate Investigator (2013, 2014, 2015 at Macquarie University) specialising in the literary culture of early modern Europe, with particular interests in the discourses of rhetoric and of humour, and in the writing of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and John Donne. He is currently engaged in a long-term project that studies early modern concepts of the risible as they intersected with ideas about ethos, ethics, and embodied/imaginative moral experience. His publications centre on examinations of humour in specific persuasive contexts both as represented on the stage and as used in various kinds of writing. The current part of his project is focused on a study of early modern dramatic comedy in relation to its ancient Roman models. In 2014-15, he held a research fellowship from The University of Melbourne, carried out at the Warburg Institute in London, studying texts from the European commentary tradition on Plautus and Terence. He is currently a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK.



Humours of the mind: comic persuasion in early modern English literature


Derrin, D., and H. Burrows, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave, 2020. (Published 12 January 2021).

Derrin, Daniel. ‘The humorous unseemly: value, contradiction, and consistency in the comic politics of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream’. Shakespeare 11.4 (2015): 425-45.

Derrin, Daniel. 'Humour and the Unacceptable in Neil Hamburger’s Routine'. PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies 11.2 (2014).

Derrin, Daniel. 'The Humorous Unseemly: Value, Contradiction and Consistency in the Comic Politics of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream', Shakespeare (2014): 1-21.

Derrin, Daniel. 'Shakespearean Comedy', in Encyclopedia of Humor Studies ed. S. Attardo, 684-688, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2014).