Dr Gavin Hopps

Dr Gavin Hopps

Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology

Researcher profile

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Dr Hopps is Director of ITIA and Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology. 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 he was a CRASSH Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. 


DI**** Saints and Cyborgs: The Imagination in Theology and Science (with Ms Joanna Leidenhag and Dr Rebekah Lamb) 

DI4924 Theology and Imagination 

DI4936 Theology and Literature 

DI5431 Theological Engagements with the Arts 

DI5453 Practical Criticism 

Research areas

Dr Hopps's research focuses on theology and the arts, with particular interests in Romantic literature and contemporary popular music. He is currently working with Professor Jane Stabler on a new edition of the complete poetical works of Lord Byron and completing a monograph entitled Romantic Enchantment: Fantasy, Theology and Affect.

PhD supervision

  • Elspeth Manders
  • Chie Wach
  • Anja Aalto
  • James Smoker
  • Matthew Nelson
  • Annemarie Konzelman
  • Isaac Pletcher
  • Hannah Craven
  • Stephen Holsteen

Selected publications

  • Redeeming levity: Byron's Don Juan

    Hopps, G. R., 1 Nov 2023, The Cambridge companion to Byron. Bone, D. (ed.). 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 176-192 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The poems of Lord Byron - Don Juan: volumes IV & V

    Stabler, J. S. (ed.) & Hopps, G. R. (ed.), 30 Apr 2024, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 1225 p. (Longman annotated English poets )

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Vision: building into the blue

    Hopps, G. R., 10 Feb 2022, Literature and religious experience: beyond belief and unbelief. Smith, M. J. & Spencer, C. D. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 91-108 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    Byron and Nietzsche: nihilistic semiotics or truthful fiction?

    Hopps, G. R., 5 Mar 2020, Byron: reality, fiction and madness. Modrzewska, M. & Fengler, M. (eds.). Bern: Peter Lang, Vol. 30. (Transatlantic studies in British and North American culture).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    Negative capability and religious experience

    Hopps, G., 19 Mar 2020, In: International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. 20, 1, p. 74-94

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Music and theology: some reflections on ‘the listener’s share’

    Hopps, G., 2019, Annunciations: sacred music for the twenty-first century. Corbett, G. (ed.). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, p. 337-352

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    The Religious Turn in Fleabag

    Hopps, G. R., 24 May 2019, Transpositions.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

  • Open access

    Being in uncertainties

    Hopps, G., 1 Jun 2018, In: Christianity and Literature. 67, 3, p. 559-567 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Pondus Amoris & Agapic Levity: Re-Evaluating the Lightness of Being

    Hopps, G. R., 2 May 2018, Christian Theology and the Transformation of Natural Religion: From Incarnation to Sacramentality: Essays in Honour of David Brown. Brewer, C. R. (ed.). Leuven: Peeters, (Studies in Philosophical Theology; vol. 64).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The extravagance of music

    Brown, D. & Hopps, G., 2018, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 325 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


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