Kristine L. Haugen

Professor of English
B.A., University of Chicago, 1996; M.A., Princeton University, 1998; Ph.D., 2001. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2005-11; Professor, 2011-.


Intellectual History; Literature and History


European Renaissance and Enlightenment; humanism; literary criticism


Kristine Haugen studies humanism and intellectual history in the European Renaissance and Enlightenment.  She is completing a book meant for a broad audience on intellectuals in prison from Marco Polo to Nelson Mandela.  She has published on the dilemmas of classical scholars after the Renaissance, the invention of the field of English poetic meter, and many subjects in continental humanism.

Before arriving at Caltech, Haugen was assistant professor at the University of Washington in 2004-2005 and Frances Yates Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London in 2001-2004.  She has received awards for the best articles published annually in Renaissance Quarterly (2007), the Sixteenth Century Journal (1999), and the Journal of the History of Ideas (1998).


En 118.  Classical Mythology.  Poetry written by experts for an audience of experts; we investigate an entire literary world of repetition, competition, and information overload.

En 119.  Displacement.  Stories of people on the move and out of place, from Aeneas fleeing ancient Troy to Art Spiegelman's graphic novel about the Holocaust.

En 121.  Literature and Its Readers.  How did generations of Europeans react when they were told that Homer's Iliad, the violent and chaotic epic about the Trojan War, was one of the greatest poems in history?

En 122.  Early History of the Novel.  It took a long time for novels to become "realistic."  But before that, people apparently liked them perfectly well.  This raises various questions, which are the subject of the class.

Hum/En 22.  Inequality.  A freshman humanities course about gods and humans, kings and subjects, visions of race, people and machines.


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