Stacy S. Klein is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University. Her scholarly interests center on medieval literature and culture, with an emphasis on Old English literature, feminist thought, and the history of gender and sexuality. Klein is the author of Ruling Women: Queenship and Gender in Anglo-Saxon Literature (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press, 2006), as well as such essays as “Centralizing Feminism in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture” and “Gender and the Nature of Exile in Old English Poetry.”
At the Radcliffe Institute, Klein will work on her new book project, “The Militancy of Gender and the Making of Sexual Difference in Anglo-Saxon Literature.” By examining the lexical and thematic intersections between war and sexual difference within Old English texts, Klein aims to provide a new conceptual framework for understanding long-occluded questions of gender and sexuality in Anglo-Saxon studies. Her analysis also seeks to shed fresh light on how cultural obsessions with warfare and large-scale violence shape the ways in which people understand themselves as gendered beings.
Klein holds a PhD from Ohio State University (1998), an MA in critical theory from the University of Sussex (1992), and a BA from Dartmouth College (1989). She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Association of University Women. She is cofounder of the New York/New Jersey Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium.