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Dr Stewart Mottram


Stewart Mottram

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

Biography Dr Stewart Mottram is Reader in English Literature and specializes in environmental approaches to literature, with a focus on the writing of flood risk regions across time.

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 North Sea regions that continue to live with flood risk today. He leads on the AHRC/XR Stories funded Rising Tide of Humber project, which recreates historical flooding within the Humber estuary using virtual reality in order to raise awareness of today's changing climate (

Stewart has held fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust (2008-10) and AHRC (2014-15). He is Co-I on the AHRC Risky Cities project at Hull (2020-23) and Co-Director of the University of Hull's Centre for Water Cultures.

Stewart is author of over 25 publications, including two research monographs and a co-edited collection, and he is particularly recognized 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)

Level 6
- Dissertation (supervisor)

Level 7
- Climate Fiction (module leader)
- Dissertation (supervisor)
Scopus Author ID 56163427100