Max Kaisler

English, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, Polish, Old & Middle English

Research Areas

Literature & science; studies in atmosphere; art, environment, & culture of the 18th & long 19th-century; Victorian studies; Romanticism; Realism; Surrealism; Ancient Greek and Roman studies; history of art, film & popular media


Max Kaisler comes to Berkeley with an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana and a BA in English and Classics from Amherst College. She has won multiple prizes for her original poetry and translations from Latin and Ancient Greek and for her essays on Rilke’s Book of Hours and Book of Images. She was awarded a Folger Fellowship to research Seneca’s influence on madness and medicine in revenge tragedy at the Folger Shakespeare Library and received the Greta Wrolstad Travel Award to explore ancient and modern sites of the oracular in Italy. Her work investigates operations of atmospheric reading from the ancient to the modern world.