Thomas Klein

Thomas Klein

Professor of English; Director of Undergraduate Studies in English

Office: LA 242

208-282-2893

kleithom@isu.edu

EDUCATION

PhD, Medieval Studies (1998), University of Toronto

MA, Medieval Studies (1992), University of Toronto

BA, Medieval Studies and the Epic (1990), Kenyon College

Diploma, Italian Language and Culture (1989), Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy

As a philologist, I'm interested in early medieval writing, and how knowledge is represented in physical form. Recently, I have written a series of articles on Anglo-Saxon riddles and inscribed objects, including the Franks Casket, the Staffordshire Hoard, and the Vindolanda tablets.

I enjoy teaching all my classes, from Composition to Old English. I find that there is always occasion for shared inquiry and discovery in the classroom, and I feel fortunate to be able to work with students and colleagues at ISU, as well as the larger community in Pocatello.

Selected Publications

“Old and New Technologies of Asynchronous Communication: Virtual Narratives and ‘Presence’”.  In Narrative, Identity, and Academic Community in Higher Education, ed. Attebery, Gribas, McBeth, Sivitz, and Turley-Ames (New York: Routledge, 2017), 17-30.

"The Metaphorical Cloak of Exeter Book Riddle 83, 'Ore/ Gold / Metal'," ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews (June 2015).

"Of Water and the Spirit: Metaphorical Focus in Exeter Riddle 74." Review of English Studies (February 2015)

"The Non-Coherence of the Franks Casket: Reading Text, Image, and Design on an Early Anglo-Saxon Artifact." Viator (Summer 2014).

Thomas Klein, William Klein, and David Delehanty, "Resolving Exeter Book Riddles 74 and 33: Stormy Allomorphs of Water." Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (2014).

"Dialect and Word Choice in Old English: Two Case Studies with Old English Perception Verbs." Anglia: Journal of English Philology (2012).

"'Rise Up, Lord, Scatter Your Enemies': Faith and Doubt in the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard." Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (2012).

"The Inscribed Gold Strip in the Staffordshire Hoard: The Text and Script of an early Anglo-Saxon Biblical Inscription." Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History (2012).

"Traditional Approaches to Monolingual Lexicography." The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Jan. 2013.

"The Roman Letters on the Anglo-Saxon Franks Casket." Studia Neophilologica (2009).

"The Ghostly Voice of Gossip in Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'" The Explicator(Summer 2007).

"Stanc æfter stane (Beowulf, l. 2288): Philology, Narrative Context, and the Waking Dragon." Journal of English and Germanic Philology(January 2007).

"Six Color Words in the Pearl Poet: Middle English Blake, Blayke, Blaht, Blo, Blwe and Ble." Studia Neophilologica (Spring 2000).

"The Old English Translation of Aldhelm’s Riddle Lorica." Review of English Studies (1997).

"In Praise of Bald Men: A Translation of Hucbald’s Ecloga de calvis." Comitatus(1996).

"Words for the Colour Orange in Italian." Quaderni d’italianistica(1994).

 

Courses Taught

 

  • 6662: Seminar in Medieval Literature
  • 4491: Senior Seminar
  • 4487/5587: History of the English Language
  • 4486/5586: Old English
  • 4473/5573: Chaucer
  • 4462/5562: Medieval Literature: Dream Visions of the Later Middle Ages
  • 3323: Genre Studies in Prose Fiction: The Short Story Sequence
  • 2280: Grammar and Usage
  • 2267: Survey of British Literature I
  • 2211: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • 1110: Introduction to Literature
  • 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
  • 1101: English Composition
  • HONS 1101: Honors Humanities I

 

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