Dee Dyas
Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture



BA (London), MA, PhD (Nott)

Dee Dyas is Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture which was founded in 1999. She read English Language and Literature at the University of London and completed her doctoral dissertation on 'Aspects of Pilgrimage and their influence on Medieval English Literature' at the University of Nottingham. She also holds a MA in Theology from Nottingham.



Dee's research interests focus primarily on the history, experience and significance of pilgrimage from the earliest centuries to the present day and the interaction of Christian belief and practice with aspects of western culture. She is series editor for the Boydell and Brewer series Christianity and Culture: Issues in Research and Teaching (2004 onwards).

She is also keenly interested in the use of technology and interactive resources in teaching and knowledge transfer. She has edited the three substantial interactive resources (on the Bible and Medieval Art, Pilgrimage, and the Parish Church in England) which have been produced by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture in collaboration with an international team of scholars.


Selected publications

Authored books

  • Images of Faith in English Literature 700-1500: An Introduction. New York and London: Longman, 1997
  • Pilgrimage in Medieval English Literature, 700-1500. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2001.
  • The Bible in Western Culture: The Student’s Guide. Routledge, 2005

Edited books

  • with Valerie Edden and Roger Ellis, Approaching Medieval English Anchoritic and Mystical Texts. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2005.

Edited interactive resources

  • Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art, a CD-ROM Teaching and Learning Resource, 2004
  • Pilgrims and Pilgrimage: Journey, Spirituality and Daily Life through the Centuries, a CD-ROM Teaching and Learning Resource, 2007
  • The English Parish Church through the Centuries: Daily Life and Spirituality, Art and Architecture, Literature and Music, a DVD-ROM Teaching and Learning Resource, 2010

Selected articles and book chapters

  • 'To be a Pilgrim: The Seafarer and the Old English Exodus.' English Language Notes, XXXV, 2 (December 1997): 1-8.
  • 'Journeying to Jerusalem: Literal and Metaphorical Pilgrimage in Middle English Literature.' Proceedings of the Third International Conference of Jacobean Studies, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, September, 1997, 98-118.
  • 'Pilgrimage Medieval and (Post)-Modern: The Journeying Goes On.' Australian Folklore, 15 (2000): 88-98.
  • 'A Pilgrim in Sheep’s Clothing? Modes of Pilgrimage in Piers Plowman'. English Language Notes (December 2001): 1-8.
  • '"Wildernesse is Anlich Lif of Ancre Wununge": The Wilderness and Medieval Anchoritic Spirituality'. In Approaching Medieval English Anchoritic and Mystical Texts, edited by Dee Dyas, 19-33. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2005.
  • 'Chaucer and the Communities of Pilgrimage'. In Chaucer and Religion, edited by Helen Phillips, 132-142. D.S. Brewer, 2010.
  • 'Pilgrimage in Medieval England: History, Literature and Tradition'. In Mujeres y Peregrinación en la Galicia Medieval, edited by Carlos Andrés González Paz, 132-154. Santiago de Compostela: Cuadernos de Estudios Gallegos. Monografías, 11, 2010.

Contact details

Dr Dee Dyas
The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture
Berrick Saul Building
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 8094, External (01904) 328094