George Corbett


Dr George Corbett is Senior Lecturer in Theology and the Arts. He trained as a musician at Chetham’s School of Music, and then read English literature (B.A.), European literature and culture (M.Phil.), and wrote a doctorate on Dante (Ph.D.) at the University of Cambridge. He also studied at the University of Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore) and in Rome. Prior to his appointment at St Andrews, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Dr Corbett specialises in theology and the arts (across all periods)medieval theology (with a focus on Dante), and systematic theology (with a focus on Aquinas and his enduring influence in Catholic, Orthodox and Reformed traditions).

He is the author of Dante and Epicurus: A Dualistic Vision of Secular and Spiritual Fulfilment (Oxford: Legenda and MHRA, 2013), and is currently working on a second book, Dante’s Christian Ethics. He is the co-editor of Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy, 3 vols (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2015-17), an interdisciplinary collaboration by thirty-four scholars on an innovative reappraisal of the whole poem. He has also published on Aquinas’s systematic theology and its enduring influence. A list of recent publications is available here.

Dr Corbett welcomes enquiries for Ph.D. supervision in the following three subject areas:

  • Theology, Imagination and the Arts, particularly:

a) theology, religious experience and the arts (literature, music, liturgy, architecture, the visual arts, film);
b) projects analysing an aspect of Christian life, doctrine or experience through the arts in any period.

  • Medieval Theology and its influence, especially:

a) the theologians Dante and Aquinas;
b) the wide variety of medieval literary genres and how these shape different kinds of theology.

  • Aquinas’ systematic theology, and its reception


Current PhD Supervision

  • Michael Anderson (with Prof. David Brown) – Visualising Scripture
  • Caleb Froehlich – Modern Art as Praeparatio Evangelica.
  • Jake Morley – Theological Aesthetics and the Poetry of Edmund Spenser
  • Sarah Moerman – Theology of the Cross: New Interpretations through Musical Passion Settings

Successfully Completed PhDs

  • Dr David Wilson (with Prof. David Brown) – The Arts of Faith in a World of Progress: From Transcendence to Immanence
  • Dr Tim M. Allen (with Prof. David Brown) – Heaven and the Imagination