Lisa DarienProfessor Darien is the Chair of the Department of English and Theatre Arts. Her teaching and research focus mainly on the literature and culture of Northwest Europe during the medieval period, specifically on Old English, Middle English, and Old Norse-Icelandic. Her particular concerns include issues of women and gender, hagiography (the study of saints' lives), and the reception of the medieval. After finishing her study of the use of the Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great in the construction of late-19th century Anglo-American racial and imperial identity, she plans to return to her research on gender in the Old English period, a subject on which she has given numerous presentations at conferences in the United States, England, and Japan. She also is interested in Shakespeare and in sumo wrestling.
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