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Areas of Expertise

Old English and Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, Beowulf, Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture, Middle English and Chaucer, women in the middle Ages, nineteenth-century medievalism

Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley

Lisa Darien

Associate Professor of English

Recent courses taught:

  • Fury of the Northmen
  • Classical Mythology
  • Old English
  • First-Year Seminar: Sympathy for the Devil: the Diabolic in Literature and Film
  • Senior Seminar: Anglo-Scandinavian England

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, and grants):

  • Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence
  • NEH Summer Institute in Cambridge (UK), “Anglo-Saxon England”
  • National Humanities Center Summer Institute, “Chaucer, Past, Present, and Future”
  • Center for Hellenic Studies and CIC Institute, “Homer and Hesiod”

Selected publications:

  • “Bridging the Gap: Getting Medieval at the Small Liberal Arts College.” SMART: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching2 (2007): 89-106.

College service and professional affiliations:

  • Former Chair of Department of English and Theatre Arts
  • Mellon First-Year Experience Project
  • Faculty Mentor to various student research projects and presentations including: Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Moravian College (2015, 2012); Duffy Family Ambassador Scholar Lynda Birt: “Topography of the Icelandic Sagas” (Iceland, 2015); Student Showcase Presentations and Posters; Freedman Prize in Theatre Arts (2014, 2013, 2009)