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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


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Hagen, Benjamin. Problems of the Past and Figuring of Aging in Late and Early Wallace Stevens. Iss. 4. Age, Culture, Humanities, 2019.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Sensibility, Parochiality, Spirituality: Toward a Critical Method and Ethic of Response in Woolf, Spivak, and Mahmood. In Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf, edited by Kristina K. Groover, 189-207. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-32568-8_11)
  • 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. (DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414609.003.0015)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Bloomsbury and Philosophy. In Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group, edited by Derek Ryan and Stephen Ross, 135-150. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. (DOI: 10.5040/
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Feeling Shadows: Virginia Woolf's Sensuous Pedagogy, 266-280. Vol. 132, Iss. 2. PMLA, 2017. (DOI: 10.1632/pmla.2017.132.2.266)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. (review) "The Value of Virginia Woolf," by Madelyn Detloff, 171-74. Vol. 23. Woolf Studies Annual, 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. (DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.001.0001)
  • 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. (DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262274.003.0011)
  • 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. (DOI: 10.1353/mod.0.0119)
  • 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. (DOI: 10.1353/jjq.0.0011)


  • Hagen, Benjamin. Meeting Needs, Making Room: Investigations of Woolfian Love. Presented at the 29th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Cincinnati, OH. (June 2019)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Essaying Affects: D.H. Lawrence's Apocalypse as Pedagogical Criticism. Presented at the Staging the Space Between, Brookings, SD. (May 2019)
  • 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 2018)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Grandeur at the End: On the Sublimity of Wallace Stevens's Old Philosopher. Presented at the John R. Milton Writers' Conference, Vermillion, SD. (October 2018)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Woolfian Love in Aggregate: Feminist—Queer—Posthuman. Presented at the 28th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Canterbury, UK. (June 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 2018)