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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 joined the School of Divinity in 2018. Prior to St. Andrews Rebekah was an Étienne Gilson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) in the University of Toronto 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). 



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 specializes in the intersections between theology, visual arts and poetry, from the long-nineteenth century to the present. Her particular focus is on 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 and Oscar Wilde, as well as their Modernist inheritors, especially G.K. Chesterton and Evelyn Waugh. She also works on the influence of Tractarianism on the development of Victorian women’s poetry and on the links between Marian doctrine, devotion and aesthetics, especially in Thérèse of Lisieux, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.  

Dr. Lamb has current and developing projects focused on the following engagements between theology and the arts:

The reach and relevance of John Henry Cardinal Newman's theological contributions to, as well as influences on, the arts (prose, poetry and music) in Victorian and contemporary contexts.

Boredom Studies in relation to the religious sense, secularism and the post-secular.

Aesthetics and Christian Personalism, especially in the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand and Karol Wojtyla.

Theological and philosophical ideas about education and communication, principally in the thought of Stratford Caldecott, Marshall McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger,  Joseph Pieper, and John Henry Cardinal Newman. 

Catholic Social Teaching, practices of everyday life and the rise of lay Catholic movements from the late nineteenth-century, onwards.

Devotional art and fiction in Canada from the 1920’s to the present, as shaped by the work of Catherine Doherty, William Kurelek and Michael O’Brien.

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