Lisa Weston

Medieval portrait of a womenLisa Weston, who teaches a variety of Medieval Literature courses within the Fresno State English Department, 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.

She has published fairly 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. She has also presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, and 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.

book coverBesides Medieval Studies, moreover, Dr. Weston enjoys a secondary scholarly interest in contemporary popular culture, especially fanfiction and other creative aspects of media fandom.