Dr. Melinda Weinstein is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication. Dr. Weinstein received her BA in English from Boston University in 1987, and her PhD. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998. In 2000, she joined the Humanities faculty at LTU. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism, she edits the book series Studies in Esotericism, published by Michigan State University. Her publications in this field are “The Dionysian Body: Esotericism in the Philosophy of Norman O. Brown,” (Esoterica, 2006), “Theater and Initiation: Euripides’s Bacchae,” (Art, Esotericism and Imagination, 2008), and the forthcoming, “The Black Water Apollo Abhors: Esotericism and Politics in Diane di Prima’s Loba,” (Esotericism and Politics, 2012).
Additional research interests include comparative analyses of Greek and Hindu mythologies, shifts in communications technologies and how these shifts influence poetics, the origin and development of the pastoral poem in Hellenistic Egypt, Augustan Rome, and Elizabethan England, and magic and mysticism in Classical and Renaissance literature. Dr. Weinstein is also a poet and fiction writer. She teaches Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, World Mythology and Creative Writing. An avid practitioner of yoga, Dr. Weinstein recently spent part of a research sabbatical at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, India.