Edana Kleinhans

Graduate Student

Edana Kleinhans is a medievalist.  After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in German Studies and English literature in 2003, she worked in New York at the literary agency Harold Ober Associates, and went on to complete teaching fellowships with the U.S. Fulbright Commission and Pädagogischer Austauschdienst.  She also holds the Lehramt, or teaching degree for German and English from the University of Stuttgart.  Her research focuses on female patronesses and the fluidity of creative intellectual space during the late Medieval to Early Modern periods. She is currently examining aspects of gender in Das Schiff des Heils as part of the theological and classical reception of Sebastian Brant's Das Narrenschiff.  Additionally, she is also exploring the politics of female power in the biographie of Kunigunde von Österreich, written as a companion piece to Der Weisskunig.  Edana spent the summer of 2015 researching Kunigunde's personal library at the Bayrische Staatsbibliothek in Munich.  When not dusting off manuscripts or lurking around castles, she enjoys walking in her cowgirl boots, ballet, and New Jersey bagels.