Alan StewartProfessor of English and Comparative Literature617 Philosophy
Office Hours:On leave Spring 2016(212) 854 6420
Areas of Interest :Early modern English literature, history, and culture; manuscript studies; lesbian and gay studies
Cambridge, B.A. (1988), M.A. (1992); London, Ph.D. (1993). Alan Stewart joined Columbia in 2003, after teaching for ten years at Queen Mary, and Birkbeck, both University of London. His publications include Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (1997); Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon 1561-1626 (with Lisa Jardine, 1998); Philip Sidney: A Double Life (2000); The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003); Letterwriting in Renaissance England (with Heather Wolfe, 2004) and Shakespeare's Letters (2008). With Garrett Sullivan, he is co-general editor of the three-volume Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopdia of English Renaissance Literature (2012). Most recently, he has edited volume I, Early Writings 1584-1596, of the Oxford Francis Bacon for Oxford University Press (2012). He has won awards from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2011-2012 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2002, he has been the International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London (www.livesandletters.ac.uk) for which he is producing an online edition of Bacon's correspondence. His current projects include editing volume 2 of the Oxford Francis Bacon; a classroom anthology of Tudor drama for Broadview; and a study of Early Modern Life-Writing for Oxford University Press.