Benjamin Hagen

Benjamin Hagen

Assistant Professor


Dakota Hall 204

Phone: (605) 677-5229




Benjamin Hagen is an Assistant Professor of English at USD. He is completing a manuscript entitled, "The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence."

Teaching Interests:

Modern and contemporary British, American, and Anglophone literature. History of criticism and theory. Introduction to fiction, poetry, and drama.

Research Interests:

Modern and contemporary literature. Continental philosophy. History of pedagogy. Affect/love studies. Late and last writings.


  • Ph D, English, University of Rhode Island, 2012
  • MA, English, Northern Michigan University, 2007


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  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Sir Thomas Browne and the Reading of Remains in Virginia Woolf's Orlando". In Sentencing Orlando: Virginia Woolf and the Morphology of the Modernist Sentence, edited by Elsa Högberg and Amy Bromley, 175-185. Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Bloomsbury and Philosophy". In Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group, edited by Derek Ryan and Stephen Ross, 135-150. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. (review) "The Value of Virginia Woolf, by Madelyn Detloff", 171-74. Vol. 23. Woolf Studies Annual, 2017.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Feeling Shadows: Virginia Woolf's Sensuous Pedagogy", 266-280. Vol. 132, Iss. 2. PMLA, 2017.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Intimations of Cosmic Indifference in Virginia Woolf's Orlando and Olive Moore's Spleen". In Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Fifth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University Press, 2016.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Furthering the Voyage: Reconsidering DeSalvo in Contemporary Woolf Studies". In Personal Effects: Essays on Culture, Teaching, and Memoir in the Work of Louise DeSalvo, edited by Nancy Caronia and Edvige Giunta, 140-52. Bronx, NY: Fordham UP, 2015.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "A Future Not My Own: Thinking Aging in Two of Wallace Stevens's Winter Lyrics", 385-413. Vol. 59, Iss. 3. Twentieth-Century Literature, 2013.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Radical Encounters: The Ghost and the Double in Mrs. Dalloway". Edited by Amy C. Smith and Isabel Mª Andres Cuevas, 13-14. Vol. 80. Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 2011.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Transgressive Simulation: Violence and Reality in Extreme Championship Wrestling". In Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype, edited by Robin DeRosa, 141-50. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "It Is Almost Impossible That I Should Be Here: Wordsworthian Nature and an Ethics of Self-Writing in Virginia Woolf's 'A Sketch of the Past'". Edited by Kristin Czarnecki, 13-15. Vol. 78. Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 2010.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "A Car, a Plane, and a Tower: Interrogating Public Images in Mrs. Dalloway", 537-51. Vol. 16, Iss. 3. Modernism/Modernity, 2009.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "David Mitchell's Ghostwritten: Ghosts, Doubles, and Writing", 84-86. Vol. 67, Iss. 2. The Explicator, 2009.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. (review) Shakespeare and Modernism, by Carl DiPietro, 848-50. Vol. 44, Iss. 4. James Joyce Quarterly , 2007.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Problems of the Past and Figuring of Aging in Late and Early Wallace Stevens". Age, Culture, Humanities.


  • Hagen, Benjamin. Training Tastes, Essaying Affects: The Pedagogical Criticism of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. Presented at the Modernist Studies Association 2018 Annual Conference, Columbus, OH. (November 10, 2018)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Woolfian Love in Aggregate: Feminist—Queer—Posthuman". Presented at the 28th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Canterbury, UK. (June 24, 2018)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. "Tentacles of Tenderness: Maternity, Feminism, and the Philosophical Pessimism of Olive Moore". Presented at the The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, University of Louisville (Louisville, KY). (February 23, 2018)