Religion, Literature and Culture

Religion, Literature and Culture

The connexions between the arts and religion are a major strength for the School, expressed most notably through our Literature, Theology and the Arts network.  The School regularly hosts international scholars and major conferences in this area; recent visitors, speakers and invitees include Marij Althorf (Amsterdam), Chris Hannan (playwright and novelist), Yang Huilin (Renmin, PRC), Sara Maitland (novelist and spiritual writer), Elena Volkova (Moscow), and Jean-Luc Marion (Chicago; Gifford Lecturer, May 2014).  Recent doctoral researchers include artist Jim Harrold, poet Sam Tongue and graphic artist Ben Morse; recent conferences include Re-writing the Bible (2010), Sacred Topographies: Pilgrimage and Place (2011), and a joint seminar with scholars from Gotenberg’s Swedish Network in Religion and Literature (2013).

Outreach is a key aspect of this cluster’s work.  The School hosted sculptor Sari Lievenon as an artist-in-residence, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2010-11).  Sari’s work with the cluster culminated in a public exhibition in the University Chapel, and an AHRC-sponsored conference on Art, Religion, Identity (2008), featuring the work of artist Hannah Frank.  The cluster also works closely with the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow, through the co-curation of exhibitions, most recently Liz Hingley’s Under Gods: Stories from the Soho Road (2013), which acted as a stimulus to postgraduate research on issues concerning interfaith relationships, and religion and material culture.

Literature, Theology and the Arts
St Mungo Museum

Associated staff:

Gerard Carruthers

Professor Gerard Carruthers

Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Julie Clague

Ms Julie Clague

Lecturer in Catholic Theology (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Ethics; Bioethics; Catholicism

Ophira Gamliel

Dr Ophira Gamliel

Lecturer in South Asian Religions (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Language, Culture, Literature, Ritual

Vassiliki Kolocotroni

Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Twentieth Century Literature, Theory, Film

Charlotte Methuen

Professor Charlotte Methuen

Professor of Church History (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Reformation History, Church History, History Of Ecumenism, History Of Women'S Ministry, Ministry In The Church

Gavin Miller

Dr Gavin Miller

Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities (English Literature)

Research interests: Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature And Medicine, History Of Psychiatry, History Of Psychoanalysis, History Of Psychotherapy, History Of Psychology

Sarah Nicholson

Dr Sarah Nicholson

Lecturer in Old Testament/ Tanakh Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)

Bryony Randall

Dr Bryony Randall

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Modernist literature (particularly women's writing); literature and the everyday; editing modernism; literary theory (particularly feminist and materialist approaches); literature and time; literature and work; the relationships between literature and the social sciences.

Elizabeth Robertson

Professor Elizabeth Robertson

Professor of English Language (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Middle English Literature 1066-1550; gender and religion in medieval literature; Piers Plowman; Poetics and the new formalism; history of the Soul in literature; Medieval Cognition; History of the Senses and Emotions; Literary Theory

Mia Spiro

Dr Mia Spiro

Lecturer in Jewish Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Jewish studies, Jewish authors, Holocaust studies, fascism and anti-fascism, literature and political resistance, British modernism, minority literature, British Jewish history, Scottish Jewish history, Israeli literature and culture, Yiddish literature, Yiddish theatre

Adrian Streete

Dr Adrian Streete

Senior Lecturer in English Literature 1500-1780 (English Literature)

Research interests: Protestantism; anti-Catholicism; early modern epistemology, scepticism, and speculative philosophy; polemical rhetoric; apocalypticism; early modern literature and politics, the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Polemical Laughter in English Literary Culture, 1500-1700'.

Rhian Williams

Dr Rhian Williams

Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Poetry & Poetics, Eco-criticism, Green Studies

Saeko Yazaki

Dr Saeko Yazaki

Lecturer in Religious Studies (Islam, Muslim-Jewish relations and Japanese traditions) (Theology & Religious Studies)