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Stuart M. Kurland joined the Duquesne faculty in 1988 after teaching as a visiting assistant professor at Hamilton College, Emory University, The College of William and Mary and St. John's University (MN). While working on his doctoral dissertation, on Shakespeare's Henry VIII and Jacobean politics, he taught composition as an instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago for four years. He serves his community as a volunteer firefighter.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Chicago, 1984
  • M.A. English, University of Chicago, 1978
  • A.B., English and History, Dartmouth College, 1977
A specialist in early modern English drama, particularly the works of Shakespeare, Dr. Kurland has taught a range of literature and writing courses in Duquesne's undergraduate and graduate programs.

"Shakespeare and James I: Personal Rule and Public Responsibility," Chapter 12 in Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613, ed. Andrew Power and Rory Loughnane (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012 [forthcoming]).

"'The care . . . of subjects' good': Pericles, James I, and the Neglect of Government," Comparative Drama 30 (1996): 220-44.

"Hamlet and the Scottish Succession?" Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 34 (1994): 279-300; rpt. Shakespearean Criticism, vol. 60 (Detroit: Gale, 2001); rpt. Shakespearean Criticism Yearbook, ed. Joseph Tardiff, Literary Criticism Series 22 (Detroit: Gale, 1995)

"'A beggar's book / Outworths a noble's blood': The Politics of Faction in Henry VIII," Comparative Drama 26 (1992): 237-53.

"'We need no more of your advice': Political Realism in The Winter's Tale," Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 31 (1991): 365-86; rpt. Shakespearean Criticism Yearbook, 1991, ed. Joseph Tardiff, Literary Criticism Series 19 (Detroit: Gale).

"'No innocense is safe, / When power contests': The Factional Worlds of Caesar and Sejanus," Comparative Drama 22 (19988): 56-67.

"Henry VIII and James I: Shakespeare and Jacobean Politics," Shakespeare Studies 19 (1987): 203-17.

Scholarly book reviews in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England (1995, 1986), Shakespeare Studies (1987), and Modern Philology (1986).

Academic (non-scholarly) book reviews in Academe (2001, 1999, 1996, 1991, 1990)