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Dr Ayoush Lazikani

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in English



Academic Background

DPhil, MSt, BA

Ayoush completed her BA, MSt, and D.Phil at the University of Oxford (St Hilda’s College). Her doctorate (completed 2013) was supervised by Dr Annie Sutherland, and it was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Undergraduate Teaching

Ayoush is a SEDA-accredited tutor; she teaches and lectures in the following areas:

Old English (Prelims Paper 2; FHS Course II Paper 1)

Middle English (FHS Course I Paper 2 and Course II Papers 2 & 3)

Andalusian Arabic lyric (Course II Paper 2)

Various dissertation topics in Old English and Middle English – including saints’ lives, devotional literature, medieval drama, Arthurian romance, and Beowulf (Paper 7)

Postgraduate Teaching

Ayoush also supervises graduate dissertations in medieval emotion and spirituality.

Research Interests

Ayoush specializes in devotional writing of the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries. Her research considers English, Anglo-Norman, and Latin texts, and she has particular interests in literature written for religious recluses in the post-Conquest period. She has published widely in these areas, including in her first monograph Cultivating the Heart (2015). She is currently completing a comparative project across Christian and Islamic contemplative traditions, with a focus on emotion in Arabic and English texts.

Selected Publications


  1. Cultivating the Heart: Feeling and Emotion in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Religious Texts (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2015).

Articles and chapters:

  1. ‘What Grace in Presence: Affective Literacies in The Chastising of God’s Children and Church Wall Paintings’, in Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England, ed. Marleen Cré, Diana Denissen, and Denis Renevey (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), pp. 319-335.
  2. ‘Moving Lights: An Affective Reading of On leome is in this world ilist and Church Wall Paintings’, in Middle English Lyrics: New Readings of Short Poems, ed. Julia Boffey and Christiania Whitehead (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2018), pp. 31-44.
  3. ‘The Vagabond Mind: Depression and the Medieval Anchorite’, Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 6 (2017), 141-68.
  4. ‘Seeking Intimacy in the Wooing Group’, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 43.2 (2017), 157-85.
  5. ‘The Wounded Beloved: Affective Wounding in Ancrene Wisse and the Wooing Group’, Leeds Studies in English, New Series 47 (2016), 115-35.
  6. ‘Liminal Performance in Hali Meiðhad’, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 42.1 (2016), 28-43.
  7. ‘Remembrance and Time in the Wooing Group’, in Reconsidering Gender, Time and Memory in Medieval Culture, ed. Elizabeth Cox, Liz Herbert McAvoy and Roberta Magnani (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015), pp. 79-94.


  1. Review of Medieval Anchorites in their Communities, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Cate Gunn (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2017): Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 7 (2018), 329-332.
  2. Review of Speculum Inclusorum: A Mirror for Recluses, ed. E. A. Jones, Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013):  JEGP 114.4 (2015), 596-99.


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