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Benjamin Hagen

Benjamin Hagen

Associate Professor


Dakota Hall 204

Phone: (605) 677-5229



Curriculum Vitae


Benjamin Hagen is editor of Woolf Studies Annual and author of "The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence." He is completing research for his next book, "Finding Love in Literary Studies."

Teaching Interests:

Modern/contemporary British, American, and Anglophone literature. Literary theory and criticism.

Research Interests:

Modern/contemporary literature. Theory and criticism. Pedagogy. Affect/love studies. Late and last writings. Virginia Woolf. D.H. Lawrence. Wallace Stevens.


  • 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. No Children, Only Tasks: Some Reflections on Cruel Pedagogies. Vol. 5, Iss. 4. Modernism/modernity Print Plus, 2021.
  • Hagen, Benjamin. The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. Clemson University Press, 2020. (DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv153k6df)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Religious Eroticism and Pedagogy in Olive Moore's Celestial Seraglio: A Tale of Convent Life. Iss. 18. The Modernist Review, 2020.
  • 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. Woolfian Love in Aggregate: Posthuman—Queer—Feminist. Comparative Critical Studies.


  • Hagen, Benjamin. An Unwritten Life. Presented at the 30th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Vermillion/Zoom [Virtual]. (June 10, 2021)
  • Hagen, Benjamin. Multiplicity, Soliloquy, and Attachment in Virginia Woolf's The Waves. Presented at the Department of Studies in English Language and Literature Third International Webinar, Khouzestan, I.R. Iran [Virtual]. (May 24, 2021)
  • 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)