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Stacy S. Klein
Associate Professor of English
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(848) 932-7913
Gender & Sexuality, Medieval, Poetry & Poetics, Theory

Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, Later Medieval Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Poetry and Poetics

Professor Klein has written articles on Old English poetry, early medieval biblical translation, and Anglo-Saxon femininity. She most recently published Ruling Women: Queenship and Gender in Anglo-Saxon Literature (2006), which explores how legendary women of extreme social privilege functioned as imaginative figures in early medieval literature and culture. Her current research interests include Anglo-Saxon literature and religious iconography, medieval hagiography, the history of sexuality, feminist theory and criticism, and medieval social reforms and institutions that emphasize the maintenance of hierarchy.

  • Executive Director, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, 2007-2011
  • Executive Committee, MLA Division of Old English Language and Literature, 2009-2014
  • Founding Member, Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium (ASSC), 2004-
  • Advisory Board, Old English Newsletter Subsidia
  • Alumni Advisory Board, Department of English, Ohio State University, 2009-

Murray Hall, Room 010, College Ave Campus

  • Old English Language and Literature I: the Shorter Poems
  • Old English Language and Literature II: Beowulf
  • Old English Language and Literature II: Anglo-Saxon Hagiography
  • Seminar: Humanity and the Beowulf Manuscript
  • Seminar: Representing Change in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Seminar: Medieval Family Dramas
  • Seminar: Sanctity and the Self in Medieval Literature
  • Medieval Court Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Principles of Literary Study for Majors: Poetry
  • Textual Representation and the Female Body (First-Year Byrne Seminar)
  • Medieval Autobiography and Life Stories
  • Medieval Poetry and Poetics
  • Theorizing Gender Before 1500 (cross-listed in Women's and Gender Studies)
  • Feminist Perspectives, Medieval Interventions (cross-listed in Women's and Gender Studies)
  • Medieval Methodologies
  • Sexual Difference in Medieval Literature
  • Solmsen Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-13
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Publication Prize in 2005 for "Reading Queenship in Cynewulf's Elene"
  • Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2005-06
  • Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, American Council of Learned Societies, 2005-06
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2001-02
  • Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Rutgers University, 2000-01
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, 2001-03
  • NEH Fellowship for seminar "Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts and Texts," British Library, London, Summer 2001
  • The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons, co-edited with William Schipper and Shannon Lewis-Simpson, forthcoming from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2013
  • "Navigating the Anglo-Saxon Seas," in The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons (forthcoming)
  • Anglo-Saxon England and the Visual Imagination, co-edited with John Niles and Jonathan Wilcox, forthcoming from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014
  • "Anglo-Saxon Pedagogy and the Circle of Shame," forthcoming in a special issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, ed. Heide Estes and Haruko Momma
  • "Gender," in A Handbook to Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. Jacqueline Stodnick and Renée R. Trilling, Wiley-Blackwell Critical Theory Handbooks (Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 39-54
  • "Gender and the Nature of Exile in Old English Elegies," in A Place to Believe In: Locating Medieval Landscapes, ed. Clare A. Lees and Gillian R. Overing (Pennsylvania State UP, 2006), 113-31
  • "Centralizing Feminism in Anglo-Saxon Literary Studies," in Readings in Medieval Texts: Interpreting Old and Middle English Literature, ed. David F. Johnson and Elaine Treharne (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005), 149-65
  • "Beauty and the Banquet: Queenship and Social Reform in Ælfric's Esther," Journal of English and Germanic Philology 103 (2004): 77-105
  • "Reading Queenship in Cynewulf's Elene," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 33(2003): 47-89 (Winner of International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Publication Prize for Best Essay on an Anglo-Saxon Topic, 2005)

PhD, Ohio State University
MA, University of Sussex
BA, Dartmouth College

  • Executive Director, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, 2007-2011
  • Executive Committee, MLA Division of Old English Language and Literature, 2009-2014
  • Founding Member, Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium (ASSC), 2004-
  • Advisory Board, Old English Newsletter Subsidia
  • Alumni Advisory Board, Department of English, Ohio State University, 2009-