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Dr Stewart Mottram

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Stewart Mottram

Director of Research, School of Humanities, and Reader in English

Biography Dr Stewart Mottram is Reader in English, specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to seventeenth-century English literature in its religious, social and environmental contexts.

In his current work, Stewart collaborates with environmental specialists from across the humanities and sciences to foreground the history of flooding and its role in shaping the literatures and cultures of regions that continue to live with flood risk today.

Stewart has held fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust (2008-10) and AHRC (2014-15), and recently led the AHRC/XR Stories ‘By the rising tide of Humber’ project (2019-20), which worked across disciplines and with digital industries to virtually recreate a 1640s flood of Hull.

Stewart also works closely with other green-blue humanities projects at the University of Hull investigating the cultures and histories of water and flooding. He is Co-I on the AHRC Risky Cities project at Hull (2020-23) and Deputy Director of the University of Hull Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures

Stewart is author of over 25 publications, including two research monographs and a co-edited collection, and he is particularly recognised for his work on Hull poet, Andrew Marvell (1621-78).

His most recent book, ‘Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell’, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. His research on Andrew Marvell and medical cures for malaria in seventeenth-century England was first reported in The Observer newspaper in August 2020, and is available to read open access in the journal The Seventeenth Century (2021).

Stewart is also a published poet, and his latest poem, ‘In Search of Appleton’, is out now with Broken Sleep Books as part of a new collection of poems - ‘Companions of his Thoughts More Green’ (2022) - to mark the 400th anniversary of Andrew Marvell’s birth.

Stewart is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA), and a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College.
Research Interests Literature and environment, eco-criticism, environmental humanities, seventeenth-century studies, digital heritage, arts and heritage community engagement.
Teaching and Learning Level 4
- Poetry, Past and Present (module leader)

Level 5
- Writing the Environment (module leader)
- Love, Desire, and Death

Level 6
- Dissertation (supervisor)

Level 7
- Fictions of Flooding, from Noah to Now (module leader)
- Dissertation (supervisor)
Scopus Author ID 56163427100