Author Archives: Christopher N. Warren

About Christopher N. Warren

Christopher N. Warren is an associate professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. His book Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580–1680 (Oxford, 2015) is a literary history of international law in the age of Shakespeare, Grotius, and Hobbes. Warren is co-founder of the digital humanities project Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, and his work has appeared in the European Journal of International Law, English Literary Renaissance, The Seventeenth Century, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Law, Culture, and the Humanities. He has held visiting fellowships at Keble College, Oxford, the University of Chicago, and NUI Galway’s Moore Institute, and he directs the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Big Leagues: Specters of Milton and Republican International Justice between Shakespeare and Marx

Surprisingly enough, discussions of Hamlet have recently become deeply intertwined with debates about international law and international justice. A precipitating cause is Jacques Derrida’s late work Specters of Marx, in which Shakespeare’s Hamlet played a crucial organizing role. Because of Specters of Marx, whose subtitle is The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International, Hamlet is now, in Nicholas Royle’s words, “an exemplary text for thinking together about the current state of the world.”1 What has also emerged as scholars Continue reading → Continue reading →