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Dr David Stewart

Associate Professor in Romanticism

Department: Humanities

Dr David Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Romanticism

My first degree, in English and Philosophy, was from the University of Stirling. After this I studied for a Masters and a PhD the University of Glasgow, both funded by the AHRC. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and taught at the University of Glasgow before joining Northumbria in 2009.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 416C

0191 227 4762


  • BA (Stirling)
  • MPhil (Glasgow)
  • PhD (Glasgow)
  • PCAPL (Northumbria)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research examines the literature and culture of the Romantic period. My first book, Romantic Magazines and Metropolitan Literary Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), studies the vibrant culture of the literary magazines of the 1810s and 1820s, and claims they represent the most telling literary form of the period because they questioned so thoroughly what ‘literary’ might mean in an age of mass readerships. My second book, The Form of Poetry in the 1820s and 1830s: A Period of Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018), explores the poetic culture of the 1820s and 1830s, a time usually thought of as an unfertile gap between the Romantics and the Victorians, considering poets including Byron, Landon, Hemans, Tennyson, Thomas Hood and Winthrop Mackworth Praed. My current project focuses on fictional experiments prompted by the Anglo-Scottish borderlands, and explores ideas of place, mobility and cultural landscapes. I am interested in literary form, canonicity, book history, and the relation between literature and the environment.

Teaching Interests

My teaching focuses principally on the literature of the Romantic period but extends across the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I offer a third-year module titled 'Boxing with Byron: Romanticism and Popular Culture' and teach a wide range of areas including the Gothic, poetry, critical theory, and literature and the city. I have supervised doctoral projects on early Victorian working-class journalism, Romantic poetry and print culture, Charlotte Smith, and Romantic-period anxieties about reading. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and Learning and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



The Form of Poetry in the 1820s and 1830s: A Period of Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Romantic Magazines and Metropolitan Literary Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Chapters and Articles

‘The Magazine and Literary Culture’ Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. Joanne Shattock (Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 31-46.

‘Romantic Short Fiction’ in Ann-Marie Einhaus, ed., Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 73-86.

‘The End of Conversation: Byron’s Don Juan at the Newcastle Lit & Phil’, Review of English Studies 66.274 (2015), pp. 322-41.

‘The Death of Maggie Scott: Blackwood’s, the Scots Magazine and Periodical Eras’, Before Blackwood’s: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment, eds. Alex Benchimol, Rhona Brown and David Shuttleton (Pickering and Chatto, 2015), pp. 117-28.

‘Hazlitt, the Living Poets, and Ephemerality’, Hazlitt Review 6 (2013), pp. 47-59.

‘Blackwoodian Allusion and the Culture of Miscellaneity’, Romanticism and Blackwood’s Magazine, eds. Robert Morrison and Daniel S. Roberts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 113-23.

‘“The attractive form of a paradox”: Lamb, Hunt and The Reflector,’ Charles Lamb Bulletin 156 (2012), pp. 126-37.

‘Leigh Hunt’s Accidental Poetry,’ Essays in Criticism 62.1 (2012), pp. 25-40.

‘“Fleeting, Shadowy Reflections”: Lamb’s Occasional Verse, 1820-1834’, Charles Lamb Bulletin 154 (2011), pp. 131-42.

‘Commerce, Genius and De Quincey’s Literary Identity,’ Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 50 (Autumn 2010), pp. 775-89.

‘The Examiner, Robert Southey’s Print Celebrity and the Marketing of the Quarterly Review,’ Prose Studies 31.1 (2009), pp. 22-39.

‘Filling the Newspaper Gap: Leigh Hunt, Blackwood’s, and the Development of the Miscellany,’ Victorian Periodicals Review 42.2 (Summer 2009), pp. 155-70.

‘Elia, Epistles and Elegy: Lamb and his Readers,’ Charles Lamb Bulletin 146 (April 2009), pp. 54-67.

‘Lamb’s London, Lamb’s Magazines and Nostalgia in the Present Tense,’ Charles Lamb Bulletin 144 (October 2008), pp. 102-13.

‘Charles Lamb’s “Distant Correspondents”: Speech, Writing and Readers in Regency Magazine Writing,’ Keats-Shelley Journal 57 (2008), pp. 71-89.

‘“We are absolutely coining money”: Commerce, Literature and the Magazine Style of the 1810s and ’20s,’ Nineteenth-Century Contexts 30 (Spring 2008), pp. 21-37.

‘T. G. Wainewright’s Art Criticism and Metropolitan Magazine Style,’ Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 17 (Summer 2007), pp. 7-23.

‘P. G. Patmore’s Rejected Articles and the Image of the Magazine Market,’ Romanticism 12.3 (2006), pp. 200-11.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised (or am supervising) the following PhD projects:

  • Sarah Lill, ‘Edward Lloyd, Crime and Early Victorian Periodicals’ (2011-2014)
  • Lyndsey Skinner, ‘Romantic Poetry and Print Culture’ (2013-)
  • Leighton Wright, ‘Reading, Writing And Romantic Celebrity Culture: Popular Writers, Audiences And Publishers 1805-1838’ (2015-)
  • Leanne Cane, ‘Charlotte Smith and Education’ (2015-)

I would be interested in supervising projects on any aspect of Romantic culture, and especially on print culture, magazine writing, poetry, short fiction, literature 1820-1840, Walter Scott, Leigh Hunt, and Blackwood’s Magazine.

Affiliations and Memberships

British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS)

Charles Lamb Society

Hazlitt Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)

Wordsworth Trust


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