LTA Alumni

LTA Alumni

For three decades LTA has been home to a vibrant research community, at the heart of which is the work of our postgraduate research students.

Over the years our students have produced valuable and diverse research and writing. Here is a (by no means exhaustive) list since the year 2000.

 

Marije Altorf

Thesis

Iris Murdoch and the art of imagination: imaginative philosophy as response to secularism(2004)

LTA Publications

 

Elizabeth Anderson

Thesis

Writing a material mysticism : H.D., Helene Cixous and divine alterity(2015)

LTA Publications
  • H.D. and Modernist Religious Imagination: Mysticism and Writing (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
  • “Writing as Sanctuary: place, movement and the sacred in the work of Hélène Cixous”, Literature and Theology 27.3 (2013), pp. 364-379.
  • “Sacred Belonging: Writing, Religion and Community in H.D.’s World War II novels”, Women: A Cultural Review 23.3 (2012), pp. 271-286.
  • “Burnt and Blossoming: Material Mysticism in Trilogy and Four Quartets”, Christianity and Literature 62.1 (2012), pp. 121-142.
  • with Avril Maddrell, Kate McLoughlin and Alana Vincent (eds.) Memory, Mourning, Landscape. (Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2010)                              
  • “Dancing Modernism: Ritual, Ecstasy and the Female Body,” Literature and Theology 22.3 (2008), pp. 354-367.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Rina Arya

Thesis

Recovering the sacred in Bataille and Bacon (2006)

LTA Publications
  • ‘The role of Objects in Bataille’s Story of the Eye', Performance Research 12.4 (2008), pp. 67-77.
  •  ‘A-theology and the recovery of the sacred in Bataille and Bacon’, La Revue Silène (2008), pp. 45-58
  • ‘Ecstasy and pain: the ritualistic dimensions of performance practice’ in the ‘Congregation’ issue (13.3), 2008, Performance Research (Taylor and Francis), pp. 31-40.
  • ‘Painting the Pope: An analysis of Francis Bacon’s Study after Velázquez’s Pope Innocent X’, Literature and Theology 23. 1, March 2009, pp. 33-50.

 

Eva Baillie

Thesis

Facing the fiend: an interdisciplinary reading of Satan as a literary character(2011)

LTA Publications

 

Darlene Bird

Thesis

(Extra) Ordinary evenings in New H(e)aven: the religious element in the poetics of Wallace Stevens

LTA Publications
  • “The Joy and Sorrow of the Flesh: Jorie Graham’s ‘At Luca Signorelli’s Resurrection of the Body’” in Darlene Bird and Yvonne Sherwood (eds.) Bodies in Question: Gender, Religion, Text (Ashgate, 2005)

 

Christine Hsiu-Chin Chou

Thesis

The problem of faith and the self: the interplay between literary art, apologetics and hermeneutics in C.S. Lewis's religious narrative (2008)

LTA Publications

 

Michael DeLashmutt

Thesis

Sketches towards a theology of technology: theological confession in a technological age(2006)

LTA Publications
  • “The Technological Imaginary: Bringing Myth and Imagination into Dialogue with Szerszynski’s Nature, Technology and the Sacred” Zygon, 41. 3 (2006), 801-810.
  • “The Sexualisation of Popular Culture: Towards a Christian Sexual Aesthetic”, Crucible (Summer 2006): 42-56.
  • “A Better Life Through Information Technology? The posthuman person in contemporary speculative science,” Zygon, 41, no. 2 (2006): 267-288.
  • “Immanence for Transcendence: Confronting the Techno-Theological Eschatology of Posthuman Speculative Science,” Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters 1, no 1 (April 2006)
  •  "Nathaniel William Taylor and Thomas Reid: Scottish Commonsense Philosophy and the Formation of New Haven Theology in Antebellum America," Scottish Journal of Theology, 58, no. 1 (2006): 59-82.
  • "Syncretism Or Correlation: Teilhard and Tillich's Contrasting Methodological Approaches to Science and Theology," Zygon, 40, no. 3 (2005): 739-50.

 

Ruth Dunster

Thesis

The abyss of Calvino's deconstructive writing: an apologetic for non-foundational theology (2010, MTh)

 

Anna Fisk

Thesis

‘The beauty of the bones’: a feminist theological engagement with the fiction of Michèle Roberts and Sara Maitland (2011)

LTA Publications
  • Sex, Sin, and Our Selves (Wipf and Stock, 2014)
  • ‘“Not Simple, Not Pure”: Revisioning of Mythical Wicked Women in the Stories of Sara Maitland’ in Women: A Cultural Review 22.1 (2011)
  • "Wholly Aflame”: Erotic Asceticism in the Work of Sara Maitland’ in Theology and Sexuality 16.1 (2011)
  • 'Sisterhood in the Wilderness: Biblical Paradigms and Feminist Identity Politics in Readings of Hagar and Sarah', in Looking Through a Glass Bible, edited by AKM Adam and Samuel Tongue (Leiden: Brill, 2014)
  • 'Encounters in Feminist Revisioning' in Biblical Interpretation 23. 1 (2015)
  •  ‘“To Make, and Make Again”: Feminism, Craft and Spirituality’ in Feminist Theology 20.2 (2012)

 

David Fuller

Thesis

Homo Eucharisticus: Dom Gregory Dix - Reshaped (2013)

LTA Publications
  • A Latter-Day Tractarian: Dom Gregory Dix (2013)
  • A Very Anglican Monk: A Study of the Life and Works of Dom Gregory Dix (2014)

 

Mark Godin

Thesis

Discerning the body: a sacramental hermeneutic in literature and liturgy (2009)

LTA Publications
  • ‘Touch and Trembling: Intimating Interdisciplinary Bodies’, in Literature and Theology: New Interdisciplinary Spaces(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011)
  • ‘Sexing the Author: Can a Man Write Feminist Theology?’ Practical Theology 2.1 (2009): 103-114
  • ‘That the Sacrament Is Always There: Towards a Eucharistic Ethic’ Theology and Sexuality (2007)

 

Brannon Hancock

Thesis
  • The scandal of sacramentality: the Eucharist in literary and theological perspectives (2010)
  • The praxis of erring in Mark C. Taylor's a/theology: to err is divine (MTh, 2004)
LTA Publications
  • The Scandal of Sacramentality: the Eucharist in Literary and Theological Perspectives (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2014)
  • “Roundtable discussion on Thomas J. J. Altizer’s Living The Death Of God: A Theological Memoir (with Brannon Hancock, David Jasper and Thomas Altizer) Conversations in Religion and Theology 5:2 (November 2007)
  • “Pluralism and Sacrament: Eucharistic Possibility in a Post-Ecclesial World” Literature and  Theology 19.3 (September 2005) 

 

Jim Harold

Thesis

Lovers adrift in the desert : an analysis and comparative study of the poetics of the desert (2013)

 

Aaron Hebbard

Thesis

Reading Daniel as a theological hermeneutics textbook (2005)

LTA Publications

 

Jamey Heit

Thesis

Liturgical liaisons: the textual body, irony, and betrayal in John Donne and Emily Dickinson (2011)

LTA Publications

Liturgical Liaisons: The Textual Body, Irony, and Betrayal in John Donne and Emily Dickinson (Wipf and Stock, 2011)

 

Paula Hazel Hutchinson

Thesis

Thomas Merton and Vincent Van Gogh: the map of two pilgrim journeys to the true self in art and parable (MTh, 2007)

 

Patricia 'Iolana

Thesis

Jung and Goddess: the significance of Jungian and post-Jungian theory to the development of the Western Goddess Movement (2016)

LTA Publications

(ed) Testing the Boundaries: Self, Faith, Interpretation and Changing Trends in Religious Studies (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)

 

Bradley A.  Johnson

Thesis

The Character of Theology: Herman Melville and the Masquerade of Faith (2006)

LTA Publications

The Characteristic Theology of Herman Melville: Aesthetics, Politics, Duplicity (Wipf and Stock, 2011)

 

Rachel A. Kent

LTA Publications

The Late Medieval Origins of the Modern Novel (Palgrave, 2015)

 

Jeff Keuss

Thesis  

A poetics of Jesus: a/Christology in the early fiction of George Eliot (2000)

LTA Publications
  • A Poetics of Jesus: The Search for Christ in Nineteenth-Century Writing. (Ashgate, 2002)
  • “Seeing Adam Bede – An Iconographic Reading” in David Jasper (ed.) Believing in the Text (Bern: Peter Lang Verlag, 2003), pp. 115 – 134.
  • “Scott Cairns’ False Angels” in Darryl Tippens and Stephen Weathers (eds.) Perspectives of Shadows and Ligh : An Anthology of Literature and Faith (Abilene: ACU Press, 1999).
  • “Making Maps: Finding Our Way in a World Without Direction – The Fiction of Chaim Potok.” Orientation (Fall 1998).

 

Diana Keuss

Thesis

Praxi-centric phenomenology: from Nāgārjuna through Dōgen to Martin Heidegger (2006)

 

Kirsten Koppel

Thesis

The Grand Inquisitor and the problem of evil in modern literature and theology (2012)

 

Jessica Lindohf

Thesis

 Images of the end: representations of the apocalyptic in contemporary film(2002)

 LTA Publications
  • “CyberSex: David Cronenberg’s Vision of a Bodily Communion with Technology” in Darlene Bird and Yvonne Sherwood (eds.) Bodies in Question: Gender, Religion, Text (Ashgate, 2005)
  • “The ethos of modern apocalyptic stories: the use of Judaeo-Christian narrative in popular film” in Kieran Flanagan and Peter Jupp (eds.) Virtue Ethics and Sociology: Issues of Modernity and Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000)

 

Theo Malekin

Thesis

Paradoxical Christianity and apocalyptic vision in the later works of August Strindberg (2007)

 LTA Publications
  • Strindberg and the Quest for Sacred Theatre (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010)

 

Brian W. Nail

Thesis

Models of sacrifice and the art of Christian tragedy (2011)

 

Donald Orr

Thesis

Into His Marvellous Light (2008)

A different light – painting as parabolic (MTh, 2004)

 

Bradley Pickens

Thesis

The emergence of an American, capitalist ecclesiology in the Independent Christian Churches: an analysis of how the Stone-Campbell restoration movement created a new theological tradition based on Scottish common sense philosophy (2005)

 

Kara Pickens

Thesis

The reinterpretation of biblical symbols through the lives and fictions of Victorian women: “To come within the orbit of possibility” (2012)

 

Jennifer Reek

Thesis

From temple to text: reading and writing sacred spaces of poetic dwelling (2013)

LTA Publications
  • ‘“But Now My Eye Sees You”: Reading Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective and the Book of Job with Hélène Cixous’, Literature and Theology , 2015
  • ‘Consolation as Graced Encounters with Ignatius of Loyola and Hélène Cixous’; LIR journal (Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg)
  •  ‘Reading as Active Contemplation’, in The Power of the Word, Volume 1: Poetry and the Religious Imagination, ed. Francesca Bugliani Knox and David Lonsdale; Farnham: Ashgate, 2015
  • ‘Poetry and Prayer: “An Inner Kinship”’, forthcoming, in The Power of the Word, Volume 2: Poetry and Prayer: Continuities and Discontinuities, ed. Francesca Bugliani Knox and John Took; Farnham: Ashgate

 

Scott Robertson

Thesis

Henry Fielding: literary and theological misplacement (2008)

 LTA Publications
  • Henry Fielding: Literary and Theological Misplacement (Peter Lang, 2010)

 

Suzanne Muir Scott

Thesis

The prophetic muse: the didactic imperative of Gerard Manley Hopkins, R.S. Thomas and William Blake (2004)

Publications

A glass of pure water (Glasgow: Seer, 2005)

 

Allen Smith

Thesis

From pulpit to fiction: an examination of sermonic texts and their fictive qualities(2006)

LTA Publications

 

Penelope J. Stuart

Thesis

Testimony and poesis : challenging the symbolic supports of a culture of violence against women (2007)

A search for 'sacred' bodies : re-visioning and re-valuing women's bodies (2004, MTh)

 

Hannah Strømmen

Thesis

The ends of (hu)man : following Jacques Derrida's animal question into the biblical archive (2015)

LTA Publications
  • “Fiercely Proselytizing and Feverishly Protective: Reading John’s Revelation with Jacques Derrida”, in Interpreting Experience - Experiencing Interpretation: Towards a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience, eds. Ulrich Schmiedel, Thomas Hardtke, Tobias Tan (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
  • "Messianic Books: The Book of Sand, the Book of Revelation, and the Book to Come”, in Borges and the Bible, eds. Jay Twoomey, Richard Walsh (forthcoming).
  • “The Bible in Margaret Atwood’s Work”, in The Oxford Encyclopaedia for Bible and the Arts, ed. Timothy Beal (forthcoming).
  • “From Biblical Archive to Posthuman Prophecy in Daniel”, in Looking through a Glass Bible: Postdisciplinary Biblical Interpretations from the Glasgow School, eds. Samuel Tongue, AKMA Adam (Leiden: Brill, 2014).
  • “Beastly Questions and Biblical Blame”, in The Bible and Posthumanism, ed. Jennifer Koosed (Atlanta: Semeia Studies: SBL, 2014).

 

Fatima Tofighi

Thesis

The portraits of the apostle : Paul of Tarsus and the rise of modern Europe (2014)

LTA Publications
  • “Corinthian Women in Pauline Rome: Feminism and Political Liberation” in Gender Agenda Matters, ed. Irmtraud Fischer (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).
  • “Unveiling Pauline Women in Modern Europe” in The Bible, Feminism, and Gender: Remapping the Field, ed. Yvonne Sherwood with Anna Fisk, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  •  “Corinthian Women in Pauline Rome” in Feminist Interpretations, Ed. Irmtraud Fischer. (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014).

 

Samuel Tongue

Thesis

Bound to retell : biblical studies, poetic rewriting, and disciplining Jacob's deconstructive angel (2012)

LTA Publications

 

Alana Vincent

Thesis

Memorialisation and Jewish theology in the 20th and the 21st centuries: monument, narrative, liturgy(2010)

LTA Publications

 

Jenny Wong Yan

Thesis

The translatability of the religious dimension in Shakespeare from page to stage, from West to East: with reference to The Merchant of Venice in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (2015)

 

Homo Eucharisticus : Dom Gregory Dix - reshaped