Chair of the Department of English; Director, Literary Studies Program

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Queen's University

Teaching and Scholarly  Interests

  • Twentieth-Century African American literature and culture
  • Percival Everett

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Dr. Stewart is currently working on a book-length manuscript, tentatively titled, Approximate Gestures: The Infinity of Bothness in Percival Everett's Fiction, which examines how Everett's novels may be read as heuristic devices that critique the ways we tend to rely on categories as part of our reading, but also our critical, practices.

Selected Publications

Visitor: My Life in Canada (Fernwood, 2014)

"'Do you mind if we make Craig Suder white?': From Stereotype to Cosmopolitan to Grotesque in Percival Everett's Suder." Perspectives on Percival Everett. Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies. Ed. Keith Mitchell and Robin Vander. (Jackson: U of Mississippi P 2013),

"Giving the People What They Want: The African American Exception as Racial Cliché in Percival Everett's Erasure." American Exceptionalisms: From Winthrop to Winfrey. Ed. Sylvia Söderlind and James Taylor Carson. (SUNY Press, 2011),

You Must Be a Basketball Player: Rethinking Integration in the University (Fernwood, 2009)

George Orwell, Doubleness, and the Value of Decency (Routledge, 2003)


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