Dustin D. Stewart

Dustin D. Stewart

Research Interests

Biography

Dustin D. Stewart (PhD Texas 2013) specializes in the literature and culture of the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with broader interests in poetics and theology. He has taught courses at Columbia on British poetry from John Milton to Romanticism, the prehistory of the Gothic, religion and the early novel, mobility and emotion in the Enlightenment, and literature and the nonhuman (from angels to AI). His first book, titled Futures of Enlightenment Poetry, is forthcoming from Oxford. A study of materialism and devotion after Milton, the book asks how poets can give their readers an experience of the afterlife in the here and now. A second project, which considers itinerancy and religious understandings of space in the early Atlantic, involves ongoing research on black British writers, early Methodism, and natural history and natural theology. Taken together, these studies play up the new uses to which old religious questions were put in the Enlightenment's cultural debates and literary practices.