David Stewart


Fields of Interest

United States Literature, History, and Culture
Theory and Culture of Criticism
History of the Book

Curriculum Vitae


Journal Article "New Criticism and Value in Taiwanese College English," American Literature, special issue "Pedagogy: Critical Practices for a Changing World" 89:2 (June 2017), 397-423. A&HCI

Essay in a Collection "Working Away, Writing Home," The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing, Eds. Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judie Newman, Matthew Pethers, Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2016, 185-197.

Journal Article "Aesthetic Education in an Era of Diminishing Expectation," Tamkang Review 45.1 (December 2014), 73-79, in “An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization: A Forum,” with Duncan Chesney, Chi-she Li, and Guy Beauregard, 55-79. THCI Core

Essay in a Collection “Cheap Reading and the Rise of a Proletarian Print Culture in the United States,” in Class and the Making of American Literature: Created Unequal, ed. Andrew Lawson. New York: Routledge, 2014, 59-78.
Review Nineteenth-Century Literature 68:1 (June 2013) 119-122: Gillian Silverman, Bodies and Books: Reading and the Fantasy of Communion, in Nineteenth-Century America. A&HCI
CommentaryConfessions of an Unrepentant Non-Comparativist,”Newsletter of the Comparative Literature Association of Taiwan, Inaugural Issue (December 2012), 9-13.
Essay in a Collection “Sensationalism,” in U.S. Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920 (Oxford History of Popular Print Culture Series), ed. Christine Bold. New York: Oxford UP, 2011, 375-393.

Book Reading and Disorder in Antebellum America. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2011. Reviewed in: SHARP News 21:2; American Literature 84:4; Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History 5:1; Times Literary Supplement 5685; American Literary History 26:2.

3 Reviews American Literature 81:4 (December 2009) 836-838: Leon Jackson, The Business Of Letters: Authorial Economies In Antebellum America; Ben Railton, Contesting The Past, Reconstructing The Nation: American Literature And Culture In The Gilded Age, 1876-1893; and Trish Loughran, The Republic In Print: Print Culture In The Age Of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870. A&HCI
3 Reviews American Literature 80: 3 (September 2008)627-629: John Vacha, From Broadway to Cleveland: A History of the Hanna Theatre; Thomas Augst and Kenneth Carpenter (eds.), Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States; and Les Harrison, The Temple and the Forum: The American Museum and Cultural Authority in Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, and Whitman. A&HCI
Journal Article “Consuming George Thompson,” American Literature 80:2 (June 2008), 233-263. A&HCI
Review  Resources for American Literary Study 32 (2007; published June 2009)321-324: Scott E. Casper, Jeffery D. Groves, Stephen W. Nissenbaum, and Michael Winship (eds.), A History of the Book in America: Volume III: The Industrial Book, 1840-1880. A&HCI
Digital Resource (education)From American Survey to American Studies: Using History and Films to Expand the Traditional Disciplinary Approach to Teaching American Literature” (2001).
Journal Article The Disorder of Libraries,” The Library Quarterly 76: 4 (2006; published 2007), 403-419. SSCI
Journal Article (education) Film English,” Electronic Journal of English Education 24 (May 2006).
Reference Article   “American Literature to 1900,” Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2005) v.1 33-35.
Review Essay Reading the Republic: Interdisciplinarity on the Barricades,” Connecticut History 40: 1 (Spring 2001) 147-159 (on Laura Rigal, The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic [Princeton UP, 1998]).
Review Essay Neo Poe: How to be Hip but Stay Legit,” minnesota review 55/57 (fall 2002) 331-336 (on Jonathan Elmer, Reading at the Social Limit: Affect, Mass Culture and Edgar Allan Poe [Stanford UP, 1995], and Terence Whalen, Edgar Allan Poe and the Masses: The Political Economy of Literature in Antebellum America [Princeton UP, 1999]).
Journal Article “Cultural Work, City Crimes, Reading, Pleasure,” American Literary History 9: 4 (Winter 1998): 676-701. AHCI


Little Women and the Execution of Jesse Pomeroy (article)
What do we talk about when we talk about sensationalism? (article)

Ten Nights in a Bar-Room | Ten Days in the Tombs (edited edition)



 “Bartleby in the White House,” Reading Now: Practices, Pedagogy, Profession, Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel, June 26-28, 2018.

“The Reading We Teach,” Books, Reading and History: A Conference in Honor of Barbara Hochman, Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel, January 12, 2016.

“Print Culture and Democracy in 19th-Century America,” Department of Western Languages and Literature, National University of Kaohsiung, November 18, 2015.

“What We Teach in Taiwanese College English,” Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, April 28, 2015.

“An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Diminishing Expectations,” “After the World:New Possibilities for Comparative Literature,” Conference of the Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China, Tamkang University, Taiwan, December 13-14, 2013.

Close Reading and Value in Taiwanese College English,” “The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading,” Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, Sept. 26-28, 2013.

“American Literary Studies in the 21st Century: Problems and Challenges,” roundtable presentation at National Taiwan Normal University, February 26, 2013.

“Canonical Sentiments, Noncanonical Sensations,” Taiwan National Science Council Conference for Research on Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2010-2011, National Chengchi University, March 23, 2013.

--- Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Seattle WA, USA, January 5-8, 2012. (Session organizer: What do we talk about when we talk about sensationalism?)

--- American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston MA, USA, May 26-29, 2011.

“What We Teach: Reflections on the Taiwanese Future of College English,” Canada- Taiwan Conference in Higher Education, Taoyuan, Taiwan, October 16-17, 2012.

“Is Cheap Reading Proletarian Literature?” Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association Annual Conference, Working Class Studies Area, Alexandria VA, USA, Oct. 28-30, 2010.

“Sex and Sexual Innuendo in Antebellum Reading,” Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, July 1-4, 2010.

--- Institute for European and American Studies, Academia Sinica. May 11, 2010, Taipei, Taiwan.

“Sex and Innuendo in Antebellum Illustration,” Destined for Men: Visual Materials for Male Audiences, 1750 – 1880, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, October 16-17, 2009.

--- International Conference on Visuality and Cultural Literacy, Dec. 12-13, 2009, National Central University, Taiwan.

“Walking, Working, Reading:the Workingman as Body and Text,” Presentation to the Memory and Knowledge Production project, National Central University, May 27, 2009.
“Reading Bodies and the Uses of Text Interpretation,” Literature, Book History, and the Anxiety of Disciplinarity, Ben Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel, July 1-3, 2008.

“Walking, Working, Reading,” Rethinking Labour: Labour, Affect and Material Culture, Clinton Institute of American Studies, University College Dublin, April 18-20, 2008.



Professor Emeritus / 中央大學榮譽教授 (appointed 2019.02)

NCU Distinguished Research Professor / 中央大學學術研究傑出特聘教授 (2014 2016)

Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council / 國科會傑出研究獎 (2013)

Outstanding Research Award, National Central University / 研究傑出獎 (2010, 2012, 2017)

Outstanding Teaching Award, National Central University / 學傑出獎 (2007, 2012)

Academia Sinica Fellowship, Institute for European and American Studies (2009)

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2002 – 2004)

Visiting Research Awards from the American Antiquarian Society, Huntington Library, and Library Company of Philadelphia.