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Dr Jane Heath

Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43957
Room number: Dun Cow Cottage 202

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My research interests have tended to fall in the area of Christian formation, which I approach in the ways I am able to on the basis of what education and formation I have. My first degree was in Classics; when I started Theology, I focused on the New Testament; more recently, I have been enjoying exploring early Patristics. Interests in visuality, textuality, prayer, and embodied devotion thread through my work. My doctoral thesis was on Paul's Visual Piety and the 'metamorphosis of the beholder' (cf. 2 Cor 3:18); my most recent book has been on Clement of Alexandria's transformation of Classical miscellany writing for the purposes of cultivating Christian devotion; I am now working on theological aesthetics in the early church, still with a primary focus on Clement of Alexandria, but this time investigating his literary pedagogy for Christian 'children' (who may be grown-ups in age...), in whom he seeks to instil a 'preference for beauty'. It is important to me that the study of antiquity should interact with debates and ideas of the modern day, and each of my projects has sought to do that in different ways. I enjoy working with students at all stages of their studies; indeed, it is one of the greatest privileges of this role. I would be glad to answer any enquiries. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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