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Rebekah Ann Lamb


Rebekah Ann Lamb
Postal address:
School of Divinity
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462840

Research overview

Dr. Rebekah Lamb specialises in Religion and Literature from the long-nineteenth century to the present, with  emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and their affiliate circles. She joined the School of Divinity in 2018. Prior to St. Andrews Rebekah was an inaugural Étienne Gilson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto (USMC) and also taught Literature and Humanities Studies at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) in the Ottawa Valley. She received her PhD in Victorian and Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature as well as her Masters in English Literature from Western University (London, Ontario, Canada).

During her doctoral studies, Rebekah was a Kuyper Emerging Scholar (2012-2013) and an Ontario Graduate Scholar (2012-2014). She holds an Honours BA in Liberal Arts Studies, with special emphasis on English Literature, from Thomas More College (New Hampshire, USA). She has also studied Theology, Art and Architecture and the Humanities in Rome, Italy (TMC Rome Campus) and has taught courses and summer programmes located across Canada, the States, the UK, and Italy.

Dr. Lamb frequently writes for public-facing journals and magazines, including Convivium: Faith in Our Common LifeThe Catholic Herald, and The Scottish Catholic Observor. She has featured in various public programmes, including Reflections at the Quay (BBC One & BBC Scotland), The Church Life Podcast (the University of Notre Dame) and the CS Lewis Lenten Lecture Series (Mcgrath Institute, the University of Notre Dame). She is an Associate Scholar with the Hildebrand Project (Franciscan University, Stuebenville, Ohio) and a Trustee for the Stonyhurst Christian Heritage Centre (CHC, UK).  



DI2009: Saints & Cyborgs: The Imagination in Theology and Science. Co-taught with Dr. Joanna Leidenhag and Dr. Gavin Hopps

DI5453: Practical Criticism

DI5451: Christian Doctrine and the Arts

DI5925: Theology and the Arts (Distance Learning)

Junior Honours Seminar

Guided Study: Dietrich von Hildebrand's Liturgy and Personality


Research Areas:

Dr. Lamb focuses on intersections between theology, visual arts and literature, from the long-nineteenth century to the present. However, her research and teaching has also led her farther afield, into Biblical Studies, Dante, and Christian Personalism in particular. She is especially interested in the religious and aesthetic implications of the art and writings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their affiliate circles, including Christina Rossetti and fin de siècle authors and artists, such as Walter Pater, John Gray and Oscar Wilde, as well as their Modernist inheritors, like G.K. and Frances Chesterton, William Butler Yeats, TS Eliot and Evelyn Waugh, among others. 

Other areas of ongoing research and teaching include Anglican and Roman Catholic, Victorian women writers; Marian theology and dogma; the devotional imagination in literature, espececially as found in Christina Rossetti, John Henry Newman, Therese of Lisieux, Catherine Doherty, Michael O'Brien, Randy Boyagoda, and Gene Luen Yang, among others; Christian Personalism, in both aesthetic and formational contexts; and theological engagements with philosophies of education, formation and the liberal arts.

Dr. Lamb is currently completing a book on the theological and aesthetic implications of boredom, mainly concentrating on the Victorian period (under contract with McGill-Queen's University Press) and is co-editing a special issue of Religion and Literature on the life and thought of John Henry Newman with Michael D Hurley (Cambridge).

She is a contributor to the open access Palgrave Encyclopedia on Victorian Women, a member of the editorial advisory board for the Catholic Women Writers Series  (with the Catholic University of America Press), and a co-founder of the annual St. Margaret of Scotland Lecture Series at the University of St. Andrews. 


PhD research projects available

Religion, Literature and Visual Culture, with emphasis on the periods ranging between the long nineteenth century to the present. Theological Aesthetics Pre-Raphaelites and their affiliate circles Christian Personalism Catholic Social Teaching Literary Criticism Canadian Literature / Visual Culture

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