Kat Haklin

Kat Haklin

Lecturer in French
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
research interests:
  • Modern French Literature
  • Visual Culture Studies
  • Medical Humanities
  • Fashion Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

contact info:

office hours:

  • Monday & Wednesday 2-3pm, or by appointment

mailing address:

    MSC 1077-146-310
    ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Kat Haklin is a scholar of nineteenth-century France working at the intersection of literature, visual studies, and the medical humanities to study representations of spatial confinement.

Dr. Haklin’s book project, Writing Claustrophobia: Enclosure in Nineteenth-Century French Literature, examines the unexplored proliferation of enclosed spaces in literature just prior to the first definition of “claustrophobia” in 1879. She has published articles on Baudelaire, Hugo, and Zola in Dix-Neuf, L’Esprit Créateur, and MLN, as well as in the collective volume Ephemeral Spectacles, Exhibition Spaces and Museums 1750-1918 (Amsterdam UP, 2021). She has also co-edited two special issues: “Connecting Characters in Modern and Contemporary French-language Fiction” (L’Esprit Créateur 63:3) in Fall 2023 and “The Poetry of Life, the Life of Poetry: Essays in Honor of Jacques Neefs” (MLN 136:4) in September 2021.

Professor Haklin regularly teaches courses in French language, literature, and culture at all levels. She is currently the course coordinator for French 307D (Cultural Expression) and faculty advisor to WashU’s student conversation group La Table Francophone. She has also taught upper-level courses on a wide range of topics: “Fashioning a Revolution: Style & Social Change in France, 1700-1900,” “Feminist Filmmaking,” “From Cholera to the Coronavirus: Medicine & Confinement in Modern France,” “Not Another Fashion Victim: Shopping, Style, & Consumer Culture in Paris,” “Phobias,” and “The World Below.”

In Summer 2024, Professor Haklin will direct the WU Healthcare in France program in Nice, which recently was awarded a $15,000 Global Pillars Grant from IES Abroad.

Recent Publications:

“Character Ecologies in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart: Beyond Heredity, Beyond Metaphor.” Article in special issue of L’Esprit Créateur “Connecting Characters in Modern and Contemporary French-language Fiction” (Fall 2023) edited by Rebecca Grenouilleau-Loescher and Kathryn A. Haklin. 63:3. pp. 37–51. https://doi.org/10.1353/esp.2023.a906712

“Enclosure for Escape: Baudelaire’s Claustrophilia in ‘La chevelure.’” Article in Festschrift special issue of MLN “The Poetry of Life, the Life of Poetry: Essays in Honor of Jacques Neefs” (September 2021) edited by Kathryn A. Haklin and Abigail RayAlexander. 136:4, pp. S-69–S-89. https://doi.org/10.1353/mln.2021.0069

“Enclosed Exhibitions: Claustrophobia, Balloons, and the Department Store in Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames.” In Ephemeral Spectacles, Exhibition Spaces and Museums 1750-1918, edited by Dominique Bauer and Camilla Murgia, pp. 55–77. Amsterdam University Press, 2021. Book on Project MUSE: muse.jhu.edu/book/83928

“Obscure Visions: The 1867 Aquarium and Its Literary Legacy.” Invited article in special issue of Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes on the Paris Universal Expositions (2020), edited by Anne O’Neil-Henry. 24:2–3, pp. 179–202. https://doi.org/10.1080/14787318.2020.1794446