Yasmin Haskell

Yasmin Haskell is an international Partner Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), and Chair of Latin at the University of Bristol. From 2011 to 2016 she was a Foundation Chief Investigator with CHE at The University of Western Australia, working in the Meanings, Change and Performance programs. Yasmin's project on the Jesuits explores theory, experience and performance of emotion in the early modern Society of Jesus. As part of this project, she convened the Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and The Americas symposium, held at Trinity College, Cambridge, 7‒8 March 2014, and curated an exhibition of rare books at the beautiful renaissance Wren Library.

Yasmin is particularly interested in the use by Jesuits of classical Latin verse forms to rouse and regulate contemporary emotions, from feelings of friendship to missionary zeal to nostalgia. She is currently exploring, for example, a twelve-book poem on the passions by Pierre Brumoy, S.J., an author whose fame has largely rested on his influential translations and criticism of Greek drama. In addition, she is keen to explore further Jesuit interpretations of what we might now call, not unproblematically, ‘mental health’ issues in the light of early modern medical and consolatory discourses.

Yasmin’s project 'Passions for Learning' opens up the emotional worlds of scholars, scientists, teachers and students from the Middle Ages through to the nineteenth century. She is collaborating with CHE CI Juanita Ruys on a book about medieval and early modern emotions of learning.


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Y. Haskell, Prescribing Ovid: The Latin Works and Networks of the Enlightened Dr Heerkens. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-7156-37234.

Y. Haskell (ed.). Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. ISBN: 978-2-503-52796-3.

Y. Haskell, '"Physician heal thyself!" Emotions and the Health of the Learned in Samuel Auguste André Tissot (1726‒1797) and Gerard Nicolaas Heerkens (1726‒1801). In The Discourse of Sensibility: The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment, edited by H. M. Lloyd, pp. 105‒24. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013.

Y. Haskell, ‘The Vineyard of Verse: The State of Scholarship on Latin Poetry of the Old Society of Jesus’. Journal of Jesuit Studies 1 (2014): 26‒46.

Y. Haskell, ‘The Passion(s) of Jesuit Latin’.  In Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World, (2 vols.), vol. 1 (‘Macropedia’), edited by P. Ford, J. Bloemendal and C. Fantazzi, pp. 775‒88. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Y. Haskell, (Introduction) ‘When is a Disease Not a Disease? Seeming and Suffering in Early Modern Europe’. In Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period, edited by Y. Haskell, pp. 1‒17. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.

Y. Haskell, ‘The Anatomy of Hypochondria: Malachias Geiger's Microcosmus
Hypochondriacus (Munich, 1652)'.  In Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period, edited by Y. Haskell, pp.271‒95. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.

Y. Haskell, 'Let the Mountain (Vesuvius) Come to Mahomet: The Healing Powers of Travel and Neapolitan Simpatia in Niccolò Giannettasio's Herculanean Spring (1704)'. In Neapolitan Affairs (Variantology 5), edited by S.Zielinski and E. Furlus. Cologne: Walther Konig, 2011.

Y. Haskell, ‘Child Murder and Child’s Play: The Emotions of Children in Jakob Bidermann’s epic on the Massacre of the Innocents (Herodiados libri iii, 1622)’. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 20.3 (2013): 83‒100, (DOI: 10.1007/s12138-013-0323-x).

Y. Haskell, 'Lieven de Meyere and Early Modern Anger Management: Seneca, Ovid, and Lieven de Meyere's De ira libri tres (Antwerp, 1694)'. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18.1 (2011): 36‒65.

Y. Haskell, ‘Practicing what they Preach: Vergil and the Jesuits’. In A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and its Tradition, edited by J. Farrell and M. Putnam, pp. 203‒16. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.