Dr. Lisa Weston

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Dr. Lisa Weston teaches a variety of Medieval Literature courses within the Fresno State Department of English, where she serves as chair of the department. She was born in England and raised there and in Canada before immigrating to the United States. She received her Ph.D. in 1982 from UCLA, where she studied Old and Middle English, Medieval Latin, Norse and Celtic literatures.

Dr. Weston has published widely on Old English wisdom poetry and magico-ritual texts, on the works of women writers including Baudonivia of Poitiers and Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, and on constructions of gender and sexuality in monastic liturgy and hagiography. Her current research uses feminist and queer theory to explore the inter-connections of sexuality and literacy in Anglo-Saxon and Old English literature.

Her 1995 article "Women's Medicine, Women's Magic: The Old English Metrical Childbirth Charms" was reprinted as exemplar of newer critical approaches to problematic texts in Old English Literature: A Guide to Criticism with Selected Readings (2016). More recent publications include chapters in the Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature (2013), The Lesbian Premodern (2011), and Same Sex Love and Desire Among Women in the Middle Ages (2001). With Carol Braun Pasternack, she edited Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England (2004). 

collageShe has also presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, and she maintains leadership and advisory positions in organizations such as the Old English Division of the Modern Language Association, the Society for Medieval Feminist Research and the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages.

In addition to Medieval Studies, Dr. Weston also enjoys a secondary scholarly interest in contemporary popular culture and the visual arts. Her collage pieces have appeared in the Department's annual literary journal, the San Joaquin Review.