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Kristine L. Haugen

Professor of English
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Mail Code: MC 101-40
Phone: 626-395-1774
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B.A., University of Chicago, 1996; M.A., Princeton University, 1998; Ph.D., 2001. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2005-11; Professor, 2011-.

Research Interests

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


Intellectual History; Literature and History

My research has centered on the relationships of poetry and humanism.  In particular, I investigate how the interdisciplinary erudition of the Renaissance and Enlightenment enlarges our understanding of English literature.  That interaction raises important new questions about our usual habits of periodization and about the place of England in Europe.

I am also exploring the category of Europe itself as a place of cultural exchange, anxiety, and mobility.  This vision adapts and applies the new and vital lessons that our field has assimilated about global literature.

Recent projects include an article on Alexander Pope's reading of Horace as a potentially dangerous philosophical poet; an essay on English literature's difficult encounters with Europe from Chaucer to T. S. Eliot; and a book in progress on the ideal of expressive and flexible poetic rhythm before the Romantics.

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 people with more than one identity, starting with Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (1981) and finishing with Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians (2013).

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.

Selected Publications

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