Alison Milbank

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The Reverend
Alison Milbank
Born Alison Grant Legg
Nationality British
Occupation Scholar and priest
Spouse(s) John Milbank
Academic background
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Lancaster University
Academic work
Institutions University of Manchester
University of Cambridge
Middlesex University
University of Virginia
University of Nottingham
Southwell Minster

Alison Grant Milbank (née Legg) is a British literary scholar specialising in religion and culture, and an Anglican priest. She is associate professor at the University of Nottingham in the theology and religious studies department.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Milbank was born Alison Grant Legg.[2] She studied theology and English literature at Girton College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1978; as per tradition, she proceeded to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree in 1981.[3][4] She undertook a year of teacher training with the University of Cambridge and completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1979.[4] She then undertook postgraduate research at the University of Lancaster, completing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1988.[3][4]


Academic career[edit]

She was the John Rylands Research Institute Fellow at the University of Manchester and, after temporary lectureships at Cambridge and the University of Middlesex, taught in the English department at the University of Virginia in the United States for five years.[5] She is now an associate professor at the University of Nottingham in the department of theology and religious studies.[3]

Milbank's research and teaching focuses on the relation of religion to culture in the post-Enlightenment period, with particular literary interest in non-realist literary and artistic expression, such as the Gothic, the fantastic, horror and fantasy. Most recently, she has published a book on the Catholic poetics of J. R. R. Tolkien and G. K. Chesterton. She is currently working on a book which will trace the theological history of the emergence of the Gothic from the pre-Reformation period to the present day.

Ordained ministry[edit]

From 2005 to 2006, Milbank trained for ordained ministry on the East Midlands Ministry Training Course.[4] She was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2006 and as a priest in 2007.[4] From 2006 to 2009, she served her curacy at Holy Trinity Church. Lambley, Nottinghamshire as a non-stipendiary minister.[4] Since 2009, she has been a priest vicar at Southwell Minster.[4][6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1978, the then Alison Legg married the theologian John Milbank.[2] He is one of the principal exponents of Radical Orthodoxy.

Selected works[edit]

  • Dante and the Victorians. Manchester University Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-7190-3700-9. 
  • Chesterton and Tolkien as theologians: the fantasy of the real, T & T Clark, 2007, ISBN 978-0-567-04094-7
  • Ann Ward Radcliffe (1995). Alison Milbank, ed. The castles of Athlin and Dunbayne. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-282357-1. 
  • Ann Ward Radcliffe (2008). Alison Milbank, ed. A Sicilian Romance. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-953739-6. 
  • Milbank, Alison (1992). Daughters of the House: modes of the gothic in Victorian fiction. Basingstoke: Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333566152. 
  • Alison Milbank, ed. (2007). Beating the traffic: Josephine Butler and Anglican social action on prostitution today. Winchester: George Mann. ISBN 0955241545. 
  • Milbank, Alison; Davison, Andrew (2010). For the Parish: a critique of fresh expressions. London: SCM Press. ISBN 978-0334043652. 


  1. ^ "Alison Milbank - The University of Nottingham". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b "MILBANK, Prof. (Alasdair) John". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Alison Milbank". Department of Theology and Religious Studies. University of Nottingham. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Alison Grant Milbank". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 29 December 2016.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ Milbank, Alison. "Continuum - Alison Milbank". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Who's Who at Southwell Minster". Southwell Minster. The Church of England. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 

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