Weaver, Erica

Assistant Professor

Kaplan 178B
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / Email


  • B.A., Columbia University, 2012
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2018

Interests and Current Projects

As a specialist in Old English and Anglo-Latin, I primarily work on the earliest English literature, though my interests extend to poetry and poetic theory from all periods and to broader questions about the history of hermeneutics. Throughout my research and teaching, I ask what it meant to read and write a thousand years ago, when English was only just emerging as a written medium. I am also invested in theories of cognition and concentration, enigmatic literature, schoolroom texts, medieval drama and performance studies, Benedictine monasticism, asceticism, literary form, and affect studies. Uniting these interests, my current book project, Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England, argues that distraction and the threats it posed were central in the development of early medieval literature and literary theory. As I demonstrate, distraction was conceived of as a gateway to Hell, but it was also, paradoxically, a gateway to invested reading and interpretation. With Daniel C. Remein, I am also working on a co-edited volume entitled Dating Beowulf: Studies in Intimacy, which playfully redeploys “dating”—a verb that usually heralds some of the most divisive critical impasses in early medieval studies—to provocatively phrase a set of new relationships with an Old English poem. For my complete CV and publications list, please visit my website.


Ed., with Daniel C. Remein, Dating Beowulf: Studies in Intimacy (Under contract with Manchester UP).

Ed., with A. Joseph McMullen, The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The Consolation and its Afterlives (ACMRS, 2018).

 Selected Articles

“Premodern and Postcritical: Medieval Enigmata and the Hermeneutic Style,” New Literary History (Forthcoming, 2019).

“Finding Consolation at the End of the Millennium,” in The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The Consolation and its Afterlives, ed. McMullen and Weaver (ACMRS, 2018), 89–102.

“Reading Boethius in Medieval England: The Consolation of Philosophy from Alfred to Ashby,” with A. Joseph McMullen, in The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England, vii–xxx.

“Hybrid Forms: Translating Boethius in Anglo-Saxon England,” Anglo-Saxon England 45 (2016): 213–38. [Awarded the 2018 Paul E. Szarmach Prize for an outstanding first article in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies]

Interest Areas
• Sexuality & Gender Studies
• Medieval Studies
• History of the English Language
• Critical Theory