Stewart Mottram is Director of Research in the Department of English, Creative Writing, and American Studies. He is Co-Director of the Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing and Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures. His recent research explores writerly responses to the violence and vandalism of religious reformation in the early modern period (1500-1700), and his latest monograph – Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell – is published by Oxford University Press (2019).
Mottram's latest research explores flooding, water management, and water and wellbeing in seventeenth-century literature and culture, with a focus on Andrew Marvell. In 2019-20, he led the AHRC/XR Stories Creative Industries project By the rising tide of Humber, combining disciplinary and industry expertise to virtually recreate a seventeenth-century flood of Hull. Mottram is currently co-investigator on the AHRC project, Risky Cities: Living with Water in an Uncertain Future Climate (2020-22).