Dr Stewart Mottram

Lecturer in English Literature

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Arts


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Stewart Mottram is fascinated by writerly responses to the violence and vandalism of religious reformation in the early modern period (1500-1700).

In current research, he focuses on how writers from Edmund Spenser to Andrew Marvell remembered the reformation through representations of two key religious objects: the stonework of sepulchres and funerary monuments, and the stones of ruined monasteries and religious houses.

He is author of Empire and Nation in Early English Renaissance Literature (2008). His second monograph – Broken Verse: Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell – is under its final review with Oxford University Press.


Research Interests

  • Literature and religion across the long Reformation in Britain and Ireland (1520-1688)

  • Ruins and receptions of the late medieval past in early modern literature

  • Literature and the visual arts

  • Edmund Spenser

  • Andrew Marvell

Research groups

FACE Heritage and Memory Research Group (co-facilitator)



Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell (2018, under final review at Oxford University Press).

Empire and Nation in Early English Renaissance Literature, Studies in Renaissance Literature, 25. D.S. Brewer, Cambridge. xii + 248 pp (2008).

Books edited

Writing Wales, from the Renaissance to Romanticism, edited with Sarah Prescott, Ashgate, Farnham. xii + 232 pp, co-author of the Introduction, pp. 1-17, and sole author of Chapter 5, pp. 91-107 (2012).

Articles in refereed journals

'"With guiltles blood oft stained": Spenser's Ruines of Time and the Saints of St Albans', Spenser Studies, 32 (2018, accepted and in press).

'Brief Reflections: the Marble Surfaces of Marvell’s Sepulchral Verse', Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 8, special issue, Kevin Killeen and Liz Oakley-Brown (eds.): 1-26 (2017).

Full list


Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Foundation Year

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1

  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2

Level 4

  • Travels in Text and Time (convener)

Level 6

  • Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage (convener)

  • Dissertation (convener)

Level 7

  • Medieval and Renaissance Intertextualities

Research PhDs

Dr Mottram welcomes applications from PhD students in the following broad areas:

  • Literature and religion: medieval to early modern

  • Representing the medieval in early modern literature

  • Writing empire and nation in late medieval / early modern England and Wales

  • Literature and the visual arts

  • John Bale and early Tudor drama

  • Edmund Spenser

  • Andrew Marvell

Completed PhDs

Supervised the following projects to successful completion in recent years:

  • Kaylara Ann Reed (as first supervisor), Writing Reform in 14th-century English Romance (2017). External examiner, Professor Raluca Radulescu (Bangor).
  • Amy Albudri (as second supervisor),Phantasmal Morgans and Other Women (2016). External examiner, Dr Rob Gossedge (Cardiff).

Current PhD supervisions 

Currently second supervising a NECAH-funded project on early modern English medicine and drama.

Teaching awards and accolades

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Leeds)

  • MA (Leeds)

  • PhD (Leeds)

External roles

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA): October 2015.

  • Member of the editorial board (early modern English and Welsh literatures) for the Literary Encyclopedia (January 2016 -)

Awards and accolades

  • AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (2014-2015) for the project Representing Ruins in English Renaissance Literature.

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2008-10) for the project Pastoralism and the British Problem.