Edana Kleinhans

Edana Kleinhans has a wide range of interests, but at heart, she a medievalist.  She is currently focusing on issues of gender, and the agency of women in relation to authorship and patronage during the medieval ages.  Edana's fascination with the medieval era began at Mount Holyoke College, where her senior thesis was a treatment of the influences of the Old English poem Beowulf on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings .  Upon graduation, Edana took a brief break from academia to work at the literary agency Harold Ober Associates in New York, before deciding that too much German can never be enough.  After two years abroad in Germany teaching English with the Fulbright Program and the German Pädagogischer Austauschdiesnst, she completed the Lehramt, or German teaching degree, with a double concentration in English and German literature and linguistics at the Universität Stuttgart.  In Stuttgart, Edana particularly enjoyed researching power and female autonomy in Mahrtenehe, or fairy marriage, gender and identity in the poetry of the 19th century romantic Novalis, and reference and consciousness in the work of Abbott, Jackendoff, Chomsky, and Kant.  In her spare time, Edana enjoys, gardening, cooking, German coffee and cake, and the running necessary to burn off all of the calories.

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