DepartmentDepartment of English
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty

Documents

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. In 2008, he served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and at the University of Munich later in 2011. Kleist currently directs the IRIS program, an interdisciplinary general education program involving over three dozen professors from sixteen disciplines. He cultivates new programs across and beyond Biola's campus, particularly those involving new developments in digital education, as the Associate Provost of Academic Innovation.

Affiliations

  • 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, Duke Humphries Library, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2001
  • Member, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2001
  • Reader, University of London Library, 2001
  • Member, Clare College, University of Cambridge, 2000 – present
  • Reader, British Library, 2000 – present
  • Reader, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1999 – present

Publications

Books

  • 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

  • “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]

Contributions to Books

  • “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.

  • “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). [13 pp.]

  • “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.]

  • “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 (forthcoming 2008). [30 pp.]

Journal Articles

  • “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.

Presentations

  • “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

  • “The Limits of Authorship in Anglo-Saxon England.” PAMLA, November 2010

  • “The Transmogrification of Ælfric’s Letter to Wulfgeat.” Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics (SSASH). International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), Western Michigan University, May 2010

  •  “Developing a Digital Humanities Portal.” Living Texts and Digital Documents: Editing the Middle Ages. The Digital Ælfric CCCU Proto-Symposium, Michigan, May 2009

  • “Ælfric in Transylvania.” Sponsored by SSASH. ICMS, Western Michigan University, May 2008

  • “The Vocation of Sacred Suffering in Anglo-Saxon England.” Conference on Christianity and Literature, Trinity Western University, May 2007

  • “Updating Ælfric’s Chronology: Implications for Editing.” Sponsored by SSASH and The Digital Ælfric Project. ICMS, Western Michigan University, May 2006

  • “Another Unpublished Homily by Ælfric: A Tri-fold Sermon on Triple Resurrections and on the Persons of the Trinity.” Sponsored by SSASH. ICMS, Western Michigan U, May 2005

  • “Ælfric’s De septem gradibus æcclesiasticis.” Sponsored by SSASH. ICMS, Western Michigan, May 2004

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
1-562-903-6000