Religion and Literature

Engage in the interdisciplinary study of the interaction between religion and literature across various religious traditions, sacred texts and literary genres.

Research profile

Explore literary and religious texts and ideas, including the history of the emerging field as well as current issues in both areas of study and in their interaction. There is excellent library provision available to students, and the School’s Scottish Network for Religion and Literature runs events throughout the year to promote discussion and research in the field. 

Scottish Network for Religion and Literature

The research interests of academic staff and graduate students encompass a wide range of research specialisms in the field of religion and literature, including: 

  • Ancient texts such as epics and religious poetry
  • Literature and theology
  • Literature in a range of genres in Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions
  • Religious thought in Scottish, English and Irish literature
  • Science, religion and literature
  • The Bible in literature

Each year the School runs the New College Festival at which leading authors discuss their work. Students are invited to participate and attend.

New College Festival of Books and Belief

You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application.

Further information

Core staff

Professor Alison Jack


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Dr Hannah Holtschneider


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Dr Linden Bicket


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Postgraduate Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8952


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To discuss the appropriate programme for your research interests, please contact Professor Alison Jack.