Professor David Jasper

  • Professor of Literature and Theology (Theology and Religious Studies)

telephone: 01413304405
email: David.Jasper@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

In a recent book, The Sacred Desert (published by Blackwells in 2004), my research has ranged from some of the earliest of Christian theologians - the Fathers of the desert such as St. Anthony - to writers on the 'deserts' of the modern world, both geographical and interior. During the writing of this book I have spent time living as a solitary in the deserts of South Western United States of America, as well as a semester as Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa. I have worked with art historians and artists including the prominent video artist Bill Viola, whose installations capture both the fertility of the desert for the human spirit, and the desolations of the desert of the modern cityscape. My work now continues this project, exploring the aesthetics of asceticism in the Christian tradition and in art and literature.

One colleague has described my work as a search for a post postmodern theology. I am concerned to ask where we might begin to find and articulate a theology as the Christian churches and their traditions in the West at least fall into decay. The canvas of my thought is therefore broad and eclectic, from medieval mystics like Meister Eckhart to contemporary radical theologians like Thomas J J Altizer. I have learnt much from the great 'desert' texts of the twentieth century in various disciplines - from Karl Barth's Römerbrief and Heidegger's Sein und Zeit to T S Eliot's Wasteland and Arnold Schoenberg's unfinished opera Moses und Aron. My work is therefore deeply interdisciplinary though at the same time thoroughly theological, asking questions in the spaces and interstices between disciplines and ideas. The aim is to write a new kind of (un) systematic theology. Most recently I have been collaborating with colleagues in China as well as Europe and North America to ensure a universal context for this project.

My last book was entitled The Sacred Body (Baylor UOP, 2009) and follows on the from the Sacred Desert as a meditiation on the ascetic tradition and the 'interior desert' in literature, art and theology. It will be followed by the third book in the trilogy, The Sacred Community, due in 2012.
 

Biography

All my work has grown out of the interplay between my two first degrees - one in English literature and the other in theology. This has brought me to my present research which is an interdisciplinary attempt to examine the possibilities for theology (mainly but not exclusively Christian) in a contemporary culture.

Supervision

 

Areas for prospective postgraduate research might include:

  • Theology and modern European literature
  • Religious aesthetics
  • Language and liturgy
  • Belief and the critical spirit
  • Theology and the visual arts

 

Teaching

  • Theology and culture
  • History of doctrine, hermeneutics
  • Literature and theology

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2016 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004
Number of items: 32.

2016

Fotiade, R., and Jasper, D. (2016) Jean-Luc Marion: a reflection. In: Givenness and Revelation. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198757733

2014

Fotiade, R., Jasper, D. and Salazar-Ferrer, O., (Eds.) (2014) Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying. Series: Intensities: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472410528

Jasper, D. (2014) The Eucharistic body. In: Fotiade, R., Jasper, D. and Salazar-Ferrer, O. (eds.) Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying. Series: Intensities: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 117-130. ISBN 9781472410528

2012

Jasper, D., (Ed.) (2012) The Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant: Part II, Volume 8. Writings on Biography II. Pickering & Chatto: London. ISBN 9781851966080 (set)

Jasper, D. (2012) The Sacred Community: Art, Sacrament, and the People of God. Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781602585584

2011

Jasper, D. (2011) Preface. In: Iolana, P. and Tongue, S. (eds.) Testing the Boundaries: Self, Faith, Interpretation and Changing Trends in Religious Studies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, xi-xii. ISBN 9781443826693

Jasper, D. (2011) The desert landscape: a sunlit landscape amid the night of nonbeing. In: Guibert, P. (ed.) Reflective Landscapes of the Anglophone Countries. Rodopi: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 243-253. ISBN 9789042032613

Jasper, D. (2011) The spiritual in contemporary art. Art and Christianity, 65, pp. 2-6.

2010

Jasper, D. (2010) Pre-Raphaelite biblical art in Wales. In: O'Kane, M. and Morgan-Guy, J. (eds.) Biblical Art from Wales. Phoenix Academic Pres: Sheffield, pp. 139-153. ISBN 9781906055677

Jasper, D. (2010) Gadamer. In: Patte, D. (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 443-444. ISBN 9780521820967

Jasper, D. (2010) Hermeneutics. In: Patte, D. (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 508-509. ISBN 9780521820967

Jasper, D. (2010) Konstnaren och religionen i samtiden. In: Ekstrand, T., Essunger, M., Martinson, M. and Westerlund, K. (eds.) Mening och Mönster: Bilder av Teologi och Livsåskådningsforskning: Festskrift till Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm. Series: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Uppsala studies in faiths and ideologies (25). University of Uppsala: Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 184-195. ISBN 9789155477318

Jasper, D. (2010) "Something understood": from poetry to theology in the writings of George Herbert. In: Hodgkins, C. (ed.) George Herbert's Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton. University of Delaware Press: Newark, USA, pp. 271-287. ISBN 9780874130225

Jasper, D. (2010) Termes recurrents dans l'Univers Kantien: 'sujet' et 'objet' chez S.T. Coleridge. In: Gallet, R. and Guibert, P. (eds.) Le Sujet Romantique et le Monde: La Voie Anglaise. Series: Symposia. Presses Universitaires de Caen: Caen, France, pp. 209-222. ISBN 9782841333363

Jasper, D. (2010) Thinking the Nicene Creed: Death and Resurrection - New Life in Christ. Series: Grosvenor essay (6). Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780905573878

Jasper, D. (2010) The eucharistic body in art and literature. In: Watson, N.K. and Burns, S. (eds.) Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades. SCM Press: London, UK, pp. 213-223. ISBN 9780334041672

Jasper, D. (2010) The Pilgrim's Regress and Surprised by Joy. In: MacSwain, R. and Ward, M. (eds.) Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. Series: Cambridge companions to religion. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 223-236. ISBN 9780521884136

Jasper, D., and Smith, A.P. (2010) Between Truth and Fiction: A Reader in Literature and Christian Theology. SCM Press: London, UK. ISBN 9780334041924

2009

Jasper, D. (2009) Biblical hermeneutics and literary theory. In: Lemon, R., Mason, E., Roberts, J. and Rowland, C. (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Series: Blackwell companions to religion. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, UK, pp. 22-37. ISBN 9781405131605

Jasper, D. (2009) Nathan A. Scott Jr's 'The wild prayer of longing'. In: Sugirtharajah, R.S. (ed.) Caught Reading Again: Scholars and their Books. SCM Press: London, UK, pp. 41-53. ISBN 9780334041092

Jasper, D. (2009) The Sacred Body: Asceticism in Religion, Literature, Art, and Culture. Series: Studies in Christianity and literature (4). Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781602581418

Jasper, D. (2009) The bible. In: McLoughlin, C.M. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to War Writing. Series: Cambridge companions to topics. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 61-70. ISBN 9780521895682

2008

Jasper, D. (2008) Do not hide your face from me: the sacred and profane body in art and modern literature. In: Llewellyn, D. and Sawyer, D.F. (eds.) Reading Spiritualities: Constructing and Representing the Sacred. Ashgate: Aldershot, UK, pp. 223-237. ISBN 9780754663294

2007

Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E., (Eds.) (2007) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199271979

Jasper, D. (2007) Asceticism as a way of love. In: Middleton, P. (ed.) The God of Love and Human Dignity: Essays in Honour of George M. Newlands. Series: T&T Clark theology. T & T Clark: London, UK, pp. 117-126. ISBN 9780567031655

Jasper, D. (2007) The study of literature and theology. In: Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford University Press, pp. 15-33. ISBN 0199271976

Walton, H. (2007) The feminist literary revisioning of sacred traditions. In: Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 543-557. ISBN 9780199271979

2006

Jasper, D. (2006) The wheels of the chariot: religious language in English and German romanticism. In: Visser, I. and Wilcox, H. (eds.) Transforming Holiness: Representations of Holiness in English and American Literary Texts. Peeters, pp. 95-111. ISBN 9789042917552

2004

Jasper, D., Newlands, G. and Bird, D., (Eds.) (2004) Believing In The Text: Essays From The Centre For Literature, Theology And The Arts. Series: Religions and discourse. Peter Lang. ISBN 9783039100767

Jasper, D. (2004) The Sacred Desert: Religion, Literature, Art and Culture. Blackwell. ISBN 1405119748

Jasper, D. (2004) Screening angels: the messenger, Durham Cathedral, 1996. In: Townsend, C. (ed.) The Art of Bill Viola. Thames and Hudson, pp. 180-195. ISBN 0500284725

Jasper, D. (2004) A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics. Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, USA. ISBN 9780664227517

This list was generated on Tue Sep 27 05:15:42 2016 BST.
Number of items: 32.

Articles

Jasper, D. (2011) The spiritual in contemporary art. Art and Christianity, 65, pp. 2-6.

Books

Jasper, D. (2012) The Sacred Community: Art, Sacrament, and the People of God. Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781602585584

Jasper, D. (2010) Thinking the Nicene Creed: Death and Resurrection - New Life in Christ. Series: Grosvenor essay (6). Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780905573878

Jasper, D., and Smith, A.P. (2010) Between Truth and Fiction: A Reader in Literature and Christian Theology. SCM Press: London, UK. ISBN 9780334041924

Jasper, D. (2009) The Sacred Body: Asceticism in Religion, Literature, Art, and Culture. Series: Studies in Christianity and literature (4). Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781602581418

Jasper, D. (2004) The Sacred Desert: Religion, Literature, Art and Culture. Blackwell. ISBN 1405119748

Jasper, D. (2004) A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics. Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, USA. ISBN 9780664227517

Book Sections

Fotiade, R., and Jasper, D. (2016) Jean-Luc Marion: a reflection. In: Givenness and Revelation. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198757733

Jasper, D. (2014) The Eucharistic body. In: Fotiade, R., Jasper, D. and Salazar-Ferrer, O. (eds.) Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying. Series: Intensities: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 117-130. ISBN 9781472410528

Jasper, D. (2011) Preface. In: Iolana, P. and Tongue, S. (eds.) Testing the Boundaries: Self, Faith, Interpretation and Changing Trends in Religious Studies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, xi-xii. ISBN 9781443826693

Jasper, D. (2011) The desert landscape: a sunlit landscape amid the night of nonbeing. In: Guibert, P. (ed.) Reflective Landscapes of the Anglophone Countries. Rodopi: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 243-253. ISBN 9789042032613

Jasper, D. (2010) Pre-Raphaelite biblical art in Wales. In: O'Kane, M. and Morgan-Guy, J. (eds.) Biblical Art from Wales. Phoenix Academic Pres: Sheffield, pp. 139-153. ISBN 9781906055677

Jasper, D. (2010) Gadamer. In: Patte, D. (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 443-444. ISBN 9780521820967

Jasper, D. (2010) Hermeneutics. In: Patte, D. (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 508-509. ISBN 9780521820967

Jasper, D. (2010) Konstnaren och religionen i samtiden. In: Ekstrand, T., Essunger, M., Martinson, M. and Westerlund, K. (eds.) Mening och Mönster: Bilder av Teologi och Livsåskådningsforskning: Festskrift till Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm. Series: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Uppsala studies in faiths and ideologies (25). University of Uppsala: Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 184-195. ISBN 9789155477318

Jasper, D. (2010) "Something understood": from poetry to theology in the writings of George Herbert. In: Hodgkins, C. (ed.) George Herbert's Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton. University of Delaware Press: Newark, USA, pp. 271-287. ISBN 9780874130225

Jasper, D. (2010) Termes recurrents dans l'Univers Kantien: 'sujet' et 'objet' chez S.T. Coleridge. In: Gallet, R. and Guibert, P. (eds.) Le Sujet Romantique et le Monde: La Voie Anglaise. Series: Symposia. Presses Universitaires de Caen: Caen, France, pp. 209-222. ISBN 9782841333363

Jasper, D. (2010) The eucharistic body in art and literature. In: Watson, N.K. and Burns, S. (eds.) Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades. SCM Press: London, UK, pp. 213-223. ISBN 9780334041672

Jasper, D. (2010) The Pilgrim's Regress and Surprised by Joy. In: MacSwain, R. and Ward, M. (eds.) Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. Series: Cambridge companions to religion. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 223-236. ISBN 9780521884136

Jasper, D. (2009) Biblical hermeneutics and literary theory. In: Lemon, R., Mason, E., Roberts, J. and Rowland, C. (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Series: Blackwell companions to religion. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, UK, pp. 22-37. ISBN 9781405131605

Jasper, D. (2009) Nathan A. Scott Jr's 'The wild prayer of longing'. In: Sugirtharajah, R.S. (ed.) Caught Reading Again: Scholars and their Books. SCM Press: London, UK, pp. 41-53. ISBN 9780334041092

Jasper, D. (2009) The bible. In: McLoughlin, C.M. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to War Writing. Series: Cambridge companions to topics. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 61-70. ISBN 9780521895682

Jasper, D. (2008) Do not hide your face from me: the sacred and profane body in art and modern literature. In: Llewellyn, D. and Sawyer, D.F. (eds.) Reading Spiritualities: Constructing and Representing the Sacred. Ashgate: Aldershot, UK, pp. 223-237. ISBN 9780754663294

Jasper, D. (2007) Asceticism as a way of love. In: Middleton, P. (ed.) The God of Love and Human Dignity: Essays in Honour of George M. Newlands. Series: T&T Clark theology. T & T Clark: London, UK, pp. 117-126. ISBN 9780567031655

Jasper, D. (2007) The study of literature and theology. In: Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford University Press, pp. 15-33. ISBN 0199271976

Walton, H. (2007) The feminist literary revisioning of sacred traditions. In: Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 543-557. ISBN 9780199271979

Jasper, D. (2006) The wheels of the chariot: religious language in English and German romanticism. In: Visser, I. and Wilcox, H. (eds.) Transforming Holiness: Representations of Holiness in English and American Literary Texts. Peeters, pp. 95-111. ISBN 9789042917552

Jasper, D. (2004) Screening angels: the messenger, Durham Cathedral, 1996. In: Townsend, C. (ed.) The Art of Bill Viola. Thames and Hudson, pp. 180-195. ISBN 0500284725

Edited Books

Fotiade, R., Jasper, D. and Salazar-Ferrer, O., (Eds.) (2014) Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying. Series: Intensities: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion. Ashgate. ISBN 9781472410528

Jasper, D., (Ed.) (2012) The Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant: Part II, Volume 8. Writings on Biography II. Pickering & Chatto: London. ISBN 9781851966080 (set)

Hass, A., Jasper, D. and Jay, E., (Eds.) (2007) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199271979

Jasper, D., Newlands, G. and Bird, D., (Eds.) (2004) Believing In The Text: Essays From The Centre For Literature, Theology And The Arts. Series: Religions and discourse. Peter Lang. ISBN 9783039100767

This list was generated on Tue Sep 27 05:15:42 2016 BST.