Revd Dr Peter Green

Dr Peter Green is a priest in the Church of England and whilst his role as Dean of Chapel is mainly focused on the pastoral support of members of the University community it also involves the option of contributing to its teaching and research activities. He served as a parish priest in the Black Country before becoming Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Abbots Bromley School in Staffordshire. He did his undergraduate degree at St. Andrews University and then, after studying Pastoral Theology at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, combined his work in parish and school with part-time study with the Open University through which he obtained an MA and a PhD in English Literature as well as a BA specialising in Religious Studies. In 2020 he completed the MLitt in Bible and the Contemporary World.


Peter currently teaches a 30 credit, level 4 module on Ethics for those doing the single honours BA in Theology and Ethics in Society and a 15 credit, level 7 module on fiction, film, and fantasy as part of the MA in Theology and Religious Studies. He also contributes to the level 5 interdisciplinary history and theology module on war and commemoration.

Peter participates in the University’s Religion, Theology, and Spirituality research seminar. His main research interest is in the relationship between theology and literature. For his PhD he focused on the application of some of the Neo-Marxist/psychoanalytic concepts developed by Slavoj Žižek to the fiction of the eighteenth-century novelist, Laurence Sterne. He is currently researching the utility of the concept of inter-passivity both as an ethical category and in the context of literary criticism.

‘Giving Santa the Sack: secularisation and interpassivity in the Church of England and its role in English Higher Education’, in Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education, Number 2 (2016), pp. 36-49. Co-authored with Adams, K. (2015) ‘Out of the mouths of babes: hearing the dreams of children and adolescents’, in K. Adams, B. Koet and B. Koning (eds.) Dreams and spirituality: a handbook for ministry, spiritual direction and counselling. London: Canterbury Press. Contributor to The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (3rd edn.), ed. by S. Sim (2012) ‘Parson Yorick, Jane and Sensibility’, in Transactions of the Jane Austen Society (Midlands), vol. 20 (2009), pp.14-28.