Gavin Hopps


Dr Hopps is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology and Director of ITIA. His particular interests are in Romantic writing and contemporary popular music. He has been involved in ITIA since he came to St Andrews as an RCUK Academic Fellow in 2006. Prior to this, he was Lecturer in English at the universities of Aachen, Oxford and Canterbury Christ Church and a CRASSH Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

He has published numerous articles on Romantic writing, a collection of essays on the spectral, the spiritual and the supernatural in Byron, a co-edited collection on Romanticism and religion, and a monograph on the singer-songwriter Morrissey. He is currently working with Dr Jane Stabler on a new edition of the complete poetical works of Lord Byron, a volume in the New Directions in Religion and Literature series, entitled Romantic Enchantment: Fantasy, Theology and Affect, a monograph on the levity of Byron’s Don Juan, and another on popular music and radical wonder, entitled The Kitsch Epiphany.

He welcomes enquiries for Ph.D. supervision in the following subject areas:

  • literature and theology (especially nineteenth-century literature)
  • religion and popular music
  • the theological significance of comedy and humour

Current Ph.D. supervision:

  • Kimberley Anderson – Rock Music and Sacramentality
  • David Baird – Zombie Fiction as Theological Allegory
  • Katelynn Carver – Virginia Woolf and Process Theology
  • Len Cazaly – Religion in the work of Bob Dylan
  • Nina Davies – A Theological Reading of Battlestar Galactica
  • Rebekah Dyer (with Natasha O’Hear) – Fire in the Theological and Social Imagination
  • Denny Kinlaw – Post-Secular Affects in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace
  • Scott McDonaldA Theology of the Superhero
  • Dave Reinhardt (with Michael Partridge) – Theatrical Hermeneutics in the Gospel of John

Other Ph.D. projects he has supervised include:

  • Punk and theology
  • Theological levity and George MacDonald’s fairytales
  • Nonsense and the Christian imagination
  • Annie Dillard and the influence of Jewish mysticism
  • Mythopoeia in Lewis and Tolkien
  • Deification in the poetry of Longfellow
  • Shakespeare, Theology and the Turn to Affect
  • Charlotte Brontë and Feminist Theology


See more of Dr Hopps’ profile at the St Mary’s College website.
See more on the PhD programme and PhD applications.