Stewart is an interdisciplinary researcher with particular strengths in environmental approaches to English literature and a focus on the literature of flood risk regions across the North Sea.
He welcomes enquiries from potential research students (Masters and PhD) who wish to work on the following broad themes, in any period from 1400 onwards:
- Literature and environment (water and flood, estuary cultures, the green-blue humanities)
- Literature and disease (histories of malaria, plague, typhus)
I have supervised the following projects to successful completion in recent years:
- Jonathan Morton, Conventions are forever: the influence of Medieval romance narrative on female agency in the Bond film franchise (2023). External examiner, Professor James Chapman (Leicester).
- Rebecca Devine, Epistolary Larkin: Letters, Life, and the Literary Biography (2022). External examiner, Professor Richard Bradford (Ulster)
- Louise Powell, The Crisis of Masculinity: Twins, Early Modern Medicine, and Drama, 1594-1655 (2018).
- Kaylara Ann Reed, Writing Reform in 14th-century English Romance (2017). External examiner, Professor Raluca Radulescu (Bangor).
- Amy Albudri, Phantasmal Morgans and Other Women (2016). External examiner, Dr Rob Gossedge (Cardiff).
Current PhD supervisions
I currently act as first supervisor for the following six PhD projects:
Helen Keighley: Performing Heritage: Processes of Narrative Creation at Heritage Visitor Attractions
Bethany Lettington: Creature and Community: Water Mythology in Poetry of the British Isles from Early Modern to Present Day
Xin Lim: Water as a Frontier: Environmental Colonialism and Native American Resistance in Early Modern Virginia
Mary Rehman: ‘Shut up’: Pandemic Lockdowns and Health Inequalities, 1600 to present day
Anna Stevenson: Ted Hughes’ Mythic Poets: Reflections on the Inner Self and Divine Power
Felicity Wood: English Literature, Water, Health, and Wellbeing in Estuary Communities, 1500-1700