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Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • M.A., Indiana University
  • B.A., Taylor University

Biography

Raised on the island of Saipan, as well as in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Aaron J. Kleist completed his doctorate degree in Old English literature at the University of Cambridge before coming to Biola in 2001. His research on reconstructing medieval texts through digital editions brought him a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and posting as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge in 2004. His work also led him to direct a National Endowment for the Humanities’ Collaborative Research Grant from 2006–2011 and allowed him to return to Cambridge as a Life Fellow of Clare Hall. He consulted as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 2008, at the University of Munich in 2011, and at the Belarus State University in 2018. At Biola, moreover, he has served in a wide variety of capacities, ranging from director of the interdisciplinary general education IRIS program to the Associate Provost of Academic Innovation.

Affiliations

Selected Affiliations

  • Reader, National Library of Belarus, 2018
  • Invited Member, Philanthropy Career Network, 2016–present
  • Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2008–present
  • Research Associate, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA, 2003-present
  • Affiliated Faculty, Research in Computing for Humanities, University of Kentucky, 2005-present
  • Honorary Invited Associate, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Princeton, 2002 present
  • Reader, Batthyaneum Library, Transylvania, Romania, 2011
  • Reader, Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2008 
  • Reader, Duke Humphries Library, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, UK, 2001
  • Member, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK, 2001
  • Reader, University of London Library, UK, 2001
  • Member, Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000–present
  • Reader, British Library, UK, 2000–present
  • Reader, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK, 1999–present
  • Reader, Canterbury Cathedral Library, UK, 1999
  • Reader, Bibliothèque Royale, Brussels, Belgium, 1999
  • Reader, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1998
  • Reader, Cambridge University Library, UK, 1997–present
  • Reader, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1996–1997

Awards

Selected Awards

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, Belarusian State University, 2018
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate, 2015–2020
  • Invited Consulting Strategist, University of St. Martin, Sint Maarten, 2017
  • Life Member, Fulbright Association, 2012–present
  • Provost Award for Excellence, Biola University, 2013
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Munich, Germany, 2011
  • Visiting Scholar, UCLA, 2009–2010
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Biola University, 2009
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2008
  • Honorary Research Associate; Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; U of Cambridge, 2008
  • Honorary Handschriftenkatalogisator, Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2008
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions Grant, 2006
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate, 2006–2011
  • Recognition of Faculty Excellence, Biola University, 2005
  • Honorary Research Associate; Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; U of Cambridge, 2004
  • Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching, Biola University, 2004
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2004
  • Visiting Scholar, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, 2004
  • Nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2004–2007
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1997

Publications (Selected)

Books

  • Kleist and Robert Upchurch. Ælfrician Homilies and Varia. 2 vols. Anglo-Saxon Texts 13–14. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, forthcoming 2020. [420K words; personal contribution 212K words]
  • The Chronology and Canon of Ælfric of Eynsham. Anglo-Saxon Studies 37. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2019. [375pp; 145K words]
  • The Digital Ælfric. Under review by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, in conjunction with Boydell & Brewer’s Scholarly Digital Editions series.
  • Striving with Grace: Views of Free Will in Anglo-Saxon England. Forthcoming from University of Toronto Press, May 2008. [542 pp.]
  • Ed. The Old English Homily: Precedence, Practice, and Appropriation. Studies in the Early Middle Ages 17. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007. [534 pp.]

Book Reviews

Contributions to Books

  • "The Influence of Clement of Alexandria on Anglo‑Saxon England.” Volume CSources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. Ed. Thomas N. Hall. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University Press (forthcoming 2020). [13 pp.]
  • “Vernacular Treatments of the Ten Commandments in Anglo-Saxon England.” The Influence of the Decalogue. Ed. Dominik Markl. Hebrew Bible Monographs. London: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013. 102–40.
  • “Assembling Ælfric: Reconstructing the Rationale Behind Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Compilations.” A Companion to Ælfric. Ed. Hugh Magennis and Mary Swan. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 369–98
  • “Matthew Parker, Old English, and the Defense of Priestly Marriage.” Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Papers in Honor of Helmut Gneuss. Ed. Thomas N. Hall and D. G. Scragg. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008. 106–35.
  • “Educational Excellence.” Aaron J Kleist and Scott Rae. Centennial Conversations. Ed. Barry Corey and Gary Miller. Los Angeles: Biola UP (forthcoming 2008). [22 pp.]
  • “Anglo-Saxon Homiliaries in Tudor and Stuart England.” The Old English Homily: Precedence, Practice, and Appropriation. Ed. Aaron J Kleist. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007. 44-92.
  • “The Influence of Bede's De temporum ratione on Ælfric's Understanding of Time.” Time and Eternity: The Medieval Discourse. Ed. Gerhard Jaritz and Gerson Moreno-Riano. International Medieval Research 3. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003. 81-97.
  • “An Annotated Ælfrician Bibliography, 1983-1996.” Basic Readings on Old English Prose. Ed. Paul E. Szarmach. New York: Garland, 2000. 503-52.
  • “The Influence of Clement of Alexandria on Anglo-Saxon England.” Volume C, Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. Ed. Thomas N. Hall. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University Press (forthcoming 2008). [13 pp.]

Journal Articles

  • "A Fourth Ælfrician Commonplace Book? Vestiges in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 190.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology (forthcoming 2019). [61 pp.]
  • “Anglo‑Saxon Prose: 2009.” Aaron J Kleist, Nicole Discenza, Theodore Leinbaugh, and Andrew Scheil. Year’s Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 44 (2013): 99–133.
  • “Anglo‑Saxon Prose: 2008.” Aaron J Kleist, Nicole Discenza, and Andrew Scheil. Year’s Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 43 (2011): 100–16.
  • “Anglo‑Saxon Prose: 2007.” Aaron J Kleist, Nicole Discenza, and Andrew Scheil. Year’s Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 42 (2010): 127–43.
  •  “Anglo‑Saxon Prose: 2006.” Aaron J Kleist, Nicole Discenza, and Andrew Scheil. Year’s Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 41 (2008): 137–53.
  • “Anglo-Saxon Prose: 2005.” Aaron J Kleist, Nicole Discenza, and Andrew Scheil. Year's Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 39 (forthcoming 2008). [Kleist's portion 23 pp.]
  • “The Ælfric of Eynsham Project: An Introduction.” The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 11, http://www.heroicage.org/ (forthcoming 2008). [45 pp.] [peer-reviewed academic journal]
  • “The Ælfric of Eynsham Project: Editorial Approaches.” Dorothy Carr Porter and Aaron J Kleist. The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 11 (forthcoming 2008). [19 pp.]
  • “Anglo-Saxon Prose: 2004.” Aaron J Kleist, Nicole Discenza, and Andrew Scheil. Year's Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 38 (2007): 114-29.
  • “Monks, Marriage, and Manuscripts: Matthew Parker's Manipulation (?) of Ælfric of Eynsham.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 105 (2006): 312-27.
  • “Anglo-Saxon Prose: 2003.” Aaron J Kleist and Nicole Discenza. Year's Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 37 (2004): 115-33.
  • “Anglo-Saxon Prose: 2002.” Aaron J Kleist and Nicole Discenza. Year's Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 36 (2003): 119-32.
  • “Anglo-Saxon Prose: 2001.” Aaron J Kleist and Nicole Discenza. Year's Work in Old English Studies. Ed. Daniel Donoghue. OEN 35 (2003): 95-100.
  • “The Division of the Ten Commandments in Anglo-Saxon England.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 103 (2002): 227-40.
  • “Ælfric's Corpus: A Conspectus.” Florilegium 18 (2001 [published 2002]): 113-64.

Peer-Reviewed Digital Publications

  • “St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 248,” E-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland (2008), http://www.cesg.unifr.ch/en/ [12 pp.]
  • “The Ælfric of Eynsham Project: An Introduction.” The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 11 (2008), http://www.mun.ca/mst/heroicag... 11/forumb.php. [45 pp.]

Book Reviews

  • Review of Joyce Tally Lionarons, The Homiletic Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2010), Journal of English and Germanic Philology 112 (2012): 232–34
  • Review of Helmut Gneuss, Ælfric of Eynsham: His Life, Times, and Writings (Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University, 2009 [first published as Ælfric von Eynsham und seine Zeit (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2002)]), Speculum 86 (2011): 495–97
  • “Reading the Rood: An Analysis of the Via Crucis.” The Medieval Review 11 (2003) [36 pp.] http://www.hti.umich.edu/t/tmr... [peer-reviewed academic journal]

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • “Ælfric’s Chronology and Canon.” International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, University of New Mexico, August 2019
  • “The Fulbright Lectures.” Belarusian State University, October–November 2018
  • “Hurricanes on the Horizon.” Faculty Forum on Higher Education, University of St. Martin, January 2017
  • “Visions of Future Past in Anglo-Saxon England.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Chaminade University, Hawaii, November 2017
  • “Addressing Affordability in Liberal Arts Colleges.” Executive Leadership Academy, Liberal Arts Focus Group, September 2015
  • “Meteor-Watching: The Sea-Change in Higher Education.” CCCU Engaged Community Conference, February 201
  • “Responding to the Sea-Change in Higher Education.” University of Northwestern—St. Paul, April 2014
  • “From Rome to Renaissance: The Transmission of Ideas Through Anglo-Saxon England.” The Idea of Renaissance in Europe Symposium, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, April 2014
  • “Digitizing Dragons: A Hands-On Seminar in Reading, Editing, and Digitally Processing Medieval English Texts.” University of Munich, August 2011
  • “Editing from Medieval Manuscripts: Current Challenges and Debates.” Sponsored by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions and the MLA Old English Division. MLA, Jan 2011

Courses

Collaborative Interdisciplinary General Education

  • IRIS [Integrated Reflections on Interdisciplinary Studies] 2008–2015

Medieval Literature

  • Old English Literature and Language The Battle of the Sexes in the Middle Ages
  • Beowulf: Text and Culture Castles, Kings, and Conquest
  • Medieval English Literature Knights, Troubadours, & Damsels in Distress
  • Chaucer Rose & the Sword: Legends of King Arthur

Shakespeare

  • Biola Shakespeare [off-campus program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival]
  • Shakespeare: Major Works, Cinematic Adaptations, and the Scholarly Discourse
  • Shakespeare in Script, Stage, and Screen Film and Literature: Interpretations of Hamlet
  • The Histories: Wars of the Roses King Lear—Text, Criticism, and Adaptation

Digital Learning

  • IRIS Online Dystopian Literature and Film
  • Science Fiction: The Building of Empire XML and Digital Manuscript Restoration
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