The second speaker in the KiSS Shakespeare and the Uncanny series is Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University). His talk is entitled ‘Untimely Ripp’d: Macbeth’s children’. We will convene at 6.30 in the Gallery at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Check the event page, too. As always, free and open everyone!
Arthur Bradley is Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Working at the intersection of literature, philosophy, religious studies and political theory, he has written four monographs which explore my research interests in different ways: Negative Theology and Modern French Philosophy (2004), Derrida’s Of Grammatology: A Philosophical Guide (2008), The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11 (co-authored with Andrew Tate, 2010), and Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida (2011). He has also co-edited four collections of essays including most recently two volumes on the messianic in contemporary philosophy: The Politics to Come: Power, Modernity and the Messianic and The Messianic Now: Religion, Politics, Culture.
Furthermore, he is co-founder and co-director (with Simon Swift of the University of Geneva) of a new interdisciplinary research network on critical theory called the Northern Theory School. In 2015, they launched the book series Futures of the Archive: Theory, Criticism, Crisis (Rowman and Littllefield International). Please see the School’s website for further information: http://www.northerntheoryschool.co.uk/. Bradley’s next project is a new book on literature, biopolitics and political theology which is provisionally entitled Unbearable Life: Genealogy of Nihilopolitics. This work will seek to articulate a new biopolitical category called ‘unbearable life’ – life which does not have to be killed because it is not recognised as ever having lived in the first place – via readings of Augustine of Hippo, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hobbes, Maximilien Robespierre, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault. See his profile for more in depth information.