Scott Kleinman

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Prior to coming to Cal State Northridge in 1999, I taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1997-1999. I received my MA at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and my PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic from the University of Cambridge in England. I work on medieval language and literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the fourteenth century with a special emphasis on Old English and early Middle English. My early work was on the history of the English language during the Old English period, especially the development of phonology and its dialects. More recently I have worked on regional and cultural diversity in historiographical and romance literature.

I have strong interests in using technology for both research and teaching and am working to understand how the growing field of Digital Humanities can expand our knowledge of an access to the cultures of the Middle Ages. I currently serve as co-PI on the Archive of Early Middle English, project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 2010 I established the CSUN Center for the Digital Humanities, of which I am currently director. My Digital Humanities work also includes the NEH-Funded Lexomics Project, which produces and uses computational tools for text analysis. Most recently, I worked as a designer/developer for the online search tool Serendip-o-matic as part of the One Week | One Tool project.

Outside of Cal State Northridge, I am an Associate Faculty member of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and web designer for the Medieval Association of the Pacific (for which I have also served as Secretary).



"Frið and Grið: Laȝamon and the Legal Language of Wulfstan." In Reading Laȝamon’s Brut: Approaches and Explorations, edited by Rosamund Allen, Jane Roberts, and Carole Weinberg, DQR Studies in Literature 52 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013), pp. 391-417.

"Frið and Fredom: Royal Forests and the English Jurisprudence of Laȝamon’s Brut and Its Readers." Modern Philology 109.1 (2011): 17-41.

"Philological Inquiries 2: Something 'Old,' Something 'New': Material Philology and the Recovery of the Past" (with Michael D.C. Drout). The Heroic Age 13 (2010).

"Philological Inquiries 1: Method and Merovingians" (with Michael D.C. Drout), The Heroic Age 12 (2009).

"Service." In Reading The Lord of the Rings, ed. Robert Eaglestone (London: Continuum, 2006), pp. 138-148.

"Animal Imagery and Oral Discourse in Havelok's First Fight." Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 35 (2004): 311-327.

The Æðelen of Engle: Constructing Ethnic and Regional Identities in La3amon's Brut." Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 16.1 (2004): 95-130.

"The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia." Studies in Philology 100:3 (2003): 245-277.

"Iron-Clad Evidence in Early Medieval Dialectology: Old English isern, isen, and iren." Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 98:4 (1997): 371-390.


Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender (eclogues for January, April, October, November, and December). For the Broadview Anthology of British Literature (Calgary: Broadview Press).

Reviews and Reports

Review of Thomas Bredehoft, Early English Metre (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005). Comitatus 38 (2007): xxx-xxx.

Entries in The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, ed. Michael D.C. Drout (New York: Routledge, 2006) ("Sigelwara Land," "Philology: General Works, 1924-1927," " King Horn," "Saxo Grammaticus," "Iþþlen in Sawles Warde").

Entries in the International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online. Brepols Publishers, 2004-2005 ("The Normans in Britain and Ireland” and “The Normans in Britain and Ireland: Post-1154").

Review of Christine Chism, Alliterative Revivals (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002). Envoi: A Review Journal of Medieval Literature 10.2 (2004 for Fall 2001): 108-121.

Anglo-Saxon Studies in North America. Newsletter of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBI) (Summer 2004): 6-7.


A Recitation of Cleanness. The Chaucer Studio (Recorded at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 9-11 May 2003 in Kalamazoo, MI).