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Dr. Laury Magnus

Professor, Humanities

Year Started



  • Ph.D. Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Chaucer The Graduate Center of CUNY
  • M. Phil Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Chaucer The Graduate Center of CUNY
  • B.A. Cum Laude English Literature Brooklyn College

Teaching Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Text and Performance
  • Modern and Renaissance Literature
  • Literature and Film
  • Public Speaking
  • Art History

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Text and Performance
  • Modern Literature
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Russian Literature and Translation


Professor Laury Magnus is Professor of English in the Humanities Department, of which she has been a member since 1981.  She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of City University of New York.  Her current scholarship is devoted to Shakespeare, text and performance, and she is a member of the editorial team of the forthcoming New Variorum Hamlet (MLA) and of the ever-expanding website  She teaches world literature and composition courses and independent studies in Shakespeare, literature and film, the literature of World War I, art history, modern literature, drama, and public speaking.  Close reading, studying works in their historical context, and working out interpretative problems through discussion as well as scene staging and/or film analysis are what she enjoys most in her teaching.

Professor Magnus's most recent book is Who Hears in Shakespeare? Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 2012; it investigates how Shakespeare crafted scenes of hearing, mis-hearing, overhearing, eavesdropping, asides and stage whispers, creating a kaleidoscopic dramatic landscape with audiences both onstage and off.  She has also published the chapter on "Shakespeare on Film and Television" for the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare (2012), and performance-oriented New Kittredge/ Focus editions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors and Measure for Measure.  A chapter on “Macbeth in Performance” is forthcoming this spring in Macbeth: A Critical Reader (Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare).  Her current shorter projects are “Essays on Characters” in Hamlet, including Ophelia and Laertes, which has just been posted on  Essays on Fortinbras and other minor characters in Hamlet are under way.

She frequently publishes performance reviews of Shakespeare’s plays for The Shakespeare Newsletter and other journals; her non-Shakespearean books include one on repetition in modern poetry and a co-translation of the Russian novel The Precipice, by Ivan Goncharov, with her husband, the noted translator Boris Jakim.

Professor Magnus is a long-time Associate Member of the Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar.  For many years she served as Director of the Arts and World Affairs Program and as Faculty Advisor to Hear This.  She has been a long-time member of The Mariners' Chorus, and she enjoys ballroom dancing.  Recently, she has joined Prof. Chris Trogan as co-advisor to the Kings Point Spectrum Club.  Professor Magnus also claims the distinction of being the first woman to have achieved the academic rank of full professor at Kings Point.

Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013
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