- Professor of English Language (English Language)
- Anglo Saxon and Middle English Literature
- Religion and Gender in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English poetry
- Medieval Welsh poetry
Elizabeth Robertson received a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse and Celtic form Cambridge University and a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She became a professor of English literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she taught for twenty-eight years. In 2009, she took up a position as Chair of English Language at the University of Glasgow. In 1986, with Jane Burns and Roberta Krueger, she founded the Medieval Feminist Newsletter, which became the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. She has held fellowships form the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment of the Humanities. She is actively involved in the New Chaucer society and is an elected member of the advisory board of the International Piers Plowman Society. An experienced mentor, she has won numerous prizes in teaching including the University of Colorado’s highest award when she was appointed a Presidential Teaching Scholar in 2008.
Elizabeth Robertson’s primary research focuses on vernacular theology, medieval poetics, literacy in the Middle Ages, and gender and religion in Middle English literature from the Ancrene Wisse to the Ricardian poets, especially Chaucer and Langland. She has recently become especially interested in poetic form in poetry in all the languages of the British Isles from 500-1500 from the perspective of new formalism. She is also interested in the intersection of theology/philosophy and literature (especially Aquinas and the voluntarists.) She has published a book on the Ancrene Wisse and the AB texts, co-edited an edition ofPiers Plowman (for Norton) and Bodley 34 (for TEAMS), and collections of essays on Chaucer’s religious tales, rape in medieval and early modern literature, and relics from a global interdisciplinary perspective. She has published numerous essays on gender and religion in edited collections and journals such asSpeculum and Studies in the Age of Chaucer. She is about to complete a book on Chaucer, Chaucerian Consent: Women, Religion and Subjection in Late Medieval England and has begun another book on the representation and theology of the soul in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English literature, Souls that Matter: The Representation of the Soul in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.
She seeks postgraduates interested in working with Langland (and especially with Langland manuscripts), Chaucer and the reception of Chaucer across centuries, Middle English religious literature for, by and about women; female literacy; theology and literature; death in the Middle Ages, the nature of the Christian subject in medieval Britain, and poetic innovation in Britain in the Middle Ages.