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Steven Kruger
Position: Professor, Queens College. English and Medieval Studies.
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: (212) 817-8761
Room Number: 5113
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Stanford University.
Research Interests: Medieval studies, especially Chaucer and late-medieval narrative poetry; medieval interreligious (Jewish-Christian-Islamic) relations; queer theory and lesbian and gay studies, particularly the AIDS crisis and the construction of racial, sexual, religious, and gender categories.
Specialization: Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Literature after 1945|Medieval Literature

Selected Publications:

  • “Exegesis as Autobiography: The Case of Guillaume de Bourges.” In Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean. Ed. Ryan Szpiech. New York: Fordham UP, 2015. 200-15.
  • “The Times of Conversion.” Philological Quarterly 92 (2013): 19-39.
  • “Gay Internet Medievalism: Erotic Story Archives, the Middle Ages, and Contemporary Gay Identity.” American Literary History 22 (2010): 913-44. [with response: Scott Herring. “Erotic Uncreativity: A Response to Steven F. Kruger.” ALH 22 (2010): 945-50.]
  • “Medieval Jewish/Christian Debate and the Question of Gender: Gilbert Crispin’s Disputatio Iudei et Christiani.” In Intersections of Gender, Religion, and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages. Ed. Cordelia Beattie and Kirsten A. Fenton. Genders and Sexualities in History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 85-103.
  • Queering the Middle Ages. Ed. Glenn Burger and Steven F. Kruger. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
  • Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America. Ed. Deborah R. Geis and Steven F. Kruger. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.

  • AIDS Narratives: Gender and Sexuality, Fiction and Science. Gender and Genre Series. New York: Garland Publishing, 1996.

  • "Claiming the Pardoner: Toward a Gay Reading of Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale." Exemplaria 6 (1994), 115-39.

  • Dreaming in the Middle Ages. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 14. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. [translated into Italian as Il Sogno nel Medio Evo, 1996] - See more at:
  • "The Bodies of Jews in the Late Middle Ages," in James Dean and Christian Zacher, eds., The Idea of Medieval Literature: New Essays on Chaucer and Medieval Culture in Honor of Donald R. Howard (Newark: University of Delaware Press; London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1992), 301-23.

  • "'GET FAT: don't die!': Eating and AIDS in Gay Men's Culture." in Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz, eds., Eating Culture (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998), 36-59.