Stewart is an interdisciplinary researcher with particular strengths in seventeenth-century English literature, from Shakespeare to Marvell. He reads English literature in its religious, social and environmental contexts and 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 religion (Reformation iconoclasm and religious violence, Anglicanism, the English nonconformist tradition)
- 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:
- 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 four PhD projects:
Mary Rehman, ‘Shut up’: Pandemic Lockdowns and Health Inequalities, 1600 to present day
Felicity Wood, English Literature, Water, Health, and Wellbeing in Estuary Communities, 1500-1700
Anna Stevenson, Ted Hughes’ Mythic Poets: Reflections on the Inner Self and Divine Power
Jonathan Morton, Conventions are forever: the influence of Medieval romance narrative on female agency in the Bond film franchise