Stanley Fish


Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor of English and Criminal Justice
Distinguished Visiting Professor, John Marshall Law School (2000-2002)




Milton; First Amendment issues; critical theory; political theory; popular culture


Topics in Political Theory: Liberalism; LAS 100 - Poetry; LAS 100 - Race and the Law; Milton; 17th century

Current Research: [see Work in Progress]

Recent Publications:

"'Void of Storie': The Struggle for Insincerity in Herbert's Prose and Poetry," reprinted in Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England , edited by Derek Hirst and Richard Strier. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

"A Reply to J. Judd Owen," American Political Science Review , vol. 93, no. 4 (December 1999).

The Trouble with Principle . Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.

"Mutual Respect as a Device of Exclusion," in Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement , edited by Stephen Macedo. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

"Response: Interpretation Is Not a Theoretical Issue," Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities , vol. 11, no. 2 (Summer 1999).


"Theory Minimalism," part of a panel on Jurisprudence at the January 2000 Association of American Law Schools conference, to be published in the San Diego Law Review , issue 37:3 (Aug/Sep 2000).

"Marvell and the Art of Disappearance," forthcoming in a volume dedicated to Murray Krieger; University of California Press.

How Milton Works . A book-length study of the interdependence of Milton's political, religious, and aesthetic views. The conclusion will be that Milton's work is unavailable to literary criticism, insofar as literary criticism conceives of itself as a disinterested act of judgment from the outside. Draft complete. Forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2000.