Staff Profile


Dr Astrid Stilma

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923828

Profile summary

Educated in The Netherlands

PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2005)

Teaching experience at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2002-2004), the University of Amsterdam (2005-2006), the University of Groningen (2006).

Joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2006.

Teaching and subject expertise

My specialism is in early modern literature in a European context.  Important focal points in my research are the history of political ideas, particularly kingship, resistance theory and treason, and the role of religion in early modern literature and culture.

My wider teaching and research interests include: Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; the literature of the courts of King James VI and I; drama in performance (stage and screen); early modern translation and the book trade.

I am Programme Director for the MA in English Literature, and I currently teach the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

The Art of Criticism (Year 1)

Ways of Reading Shakespeare (Year 2)

Topics in Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Background (Year 3)

Research and Scholarship (MA in English Literature)

Case Studies in Early Modern Literature (MA in English Literature)

Publications and research outputs

Publications in the last 5 years include:

“Sir William Alexander, King James, and neo-Stoic advice to princes in The Monarchick Tragedies, in David Parkinson (ed.), James VI and I, Literature and Scotland: Tides of Change, 1567-1625 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013), pp. 233-249.

A King Translated: The Writings of James VI & I and their Interpretation in the Netherlands, 1593-1603 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012)

“Tyrants and Translations: Dutch Interpretations of George Buchanan’s Political Thought”, in Caroline Erskine and Roger A. Mason (eds), George Buchanan: Political Thought in Early Modern Britain and Europe (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 152-77

“‘If Angels Fight’: Angels, Demons and Political Action in Two Early Jacobean History Plays”. Critical Survey 23:2 (2011): 9-25

“‘As Warriouris in Ane Camp’: the Image of King James VI as a Crusader”, in Nicola Royan (ed.), The Apparelling of Truth: Literature and Literary Culture in the Reign of James VI (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), pp. 241-51 

“King James as a Religious Writer”, in Crawford Gribben and David George Mullan (eds), Literature and the Scottish Reformation (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 127-41

“Justifying War: Dutch Translations of Scottish Books around 1600”, in Andrew Hiscock (ed.), Mighty Europe 1400-1700: Writing an Early Modern Continent (Oxford, Bern etc: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 55-70


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