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Gavin R. Hopps

Senior Lecturer

GHoppsDr Hopps is Director of ITIA and Lecturer in Literature and Theology, with particular interests 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, 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 PhD supervision in the following subject areas: literature and theology (especially nineteenth-century literature); religion and popular music; and the theological significance of comedy and humour.


B.A. University of Liverpool (1992)

M.Phil. University of Glasgow (1993)

PGCE University of Leeds (1995)

PhD University of Liverpool (2002)

Selected Publications

Recent publications’s Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural, ed. Gavin Hopps (Liverpool University Press, 2013).

‘Gaiety and Grace: Byron and the Tone of Catholicism’, in The Byron Journal, vol. 41, no. 1 (2013).

‘Religion and Ethics: The Necessity of Atheism, A Refutation of Deism, On Christianity’, in The Oxford Handbook of Shelley Studies, ed. Michael O’Neill and Tony Howe (Oxford University Press, 2013).


Morrissey: The Pageant of His Bleeding Heart, Second Edition (Continuum, 2012).

Patterns of Promise: Art, Imagination and Christian Hope, ed. Trevor Hart, Gavin Hopps and Jeremy Begbie (Ashgate, 2012).

‌‘Infinite Hospitality and the Redemption of Kitsch’, Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David Brown, ed. Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley (Oxford University Press, 2011).

‘Morrissey and a Life beyond Life,’ Introduction to Unite and Take Over: Comic Stories Inspired by The Smiths, ed. Shawn Demumbrum (2011)

Other books and articles

'"Eden's Door": The Porous Worlds of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan,' The Byron Journal, 37.2 (2009).

Romanticism and Religion from William Cowper to Wallace Stevens, co-edited with Jane Stabler (Ashgate, 2006).

'Byron and Grammatical Freedom,' Liberty and Poetic Licence: New Essays on Byron, eds. Bernard Beatty and Charles E. Robinson (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2006).

'Romantic Invocation: A Form of Impossibility,' New Historicism and Romantic Form, ed. Alan Rawes (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

'"Je sais bien, mais quand meme ...": Wordsworth's Faithful Scepticism,' Religion and Romanticism from William Cowper to Wallace Stevens (see above).

'Beyond Embarrassment: A Post-Secular Reading of Apostrophe' Romanticism, 11.2 (2005).

'Inhabiting a Place Beyond "To be or not to be": The Playful Devotions of Byron and Coleridge,' The Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 25 (Summer 2005). 

Contact details

Dr Gavin R. Hopps
Lecturer in Literature and Theology

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)1334 462837
Fax: + 44 (0)1334 462852

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