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


British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries; history of literary criticism; humanism


Kristine Haugen's research has ranged from Alexander Pope's satires to scholarship and disorder in the English universities to prison writing in 15th-century Rome.  She has published extensively on the history of reading poetry, literary humanism, and the afterlife of classical antiquity in Britain and in Europe.  She is currently completing books on the rise of the discipline of poetic meter in 18th-century England and on intellectuals in prison from Marco Polo to Nelson Mandela.

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 many centuries for novels to become "realistic."  What did they look like before, and how committed are we to realistic storytelling today?

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


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