Languages and Emotion

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Image: Tragedies with gloss commentary. Juno's opening lines from "Hercules Furens". Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, MS IV.D.40, fol. 76v. Later 14th century. (Image courtesy of Ron Musto.)

 

The Languages and Emotion cluster continues and extends conversations begun at the CHE Languages of Emotion collaboratories, the ‘Languages of Emotion: Concepts, Codes, Communities’ in 2012, ‘Languages of Emotion: Translations and Transformations’ in 2014 and the 'Naming Pain' workshop in 2015.

Some key themes that have been identified for further discussion include:

  • emotions in translation;
  • language, rhetoric, and performance;
  • mapping the emotional worlds of multilinguals;
  • historical emotional investment in individual languages and ‘epilanguages’;
  • the conceptual history of emotions in psychiatric and medical discourse.

To get involved, please contact Yasmin Haskell at yasmin.haskell@uwa.edu.au.

Collaborating Scholars

Javier Enrique Diaz Vera (UCLM)
Professor John Hajek (Melbourne)
Professor John Kinder  (UWA)
Professor Nicholas Evans (ANU)
Professor Sergio Starkstein (UWA)
Naama Cohen-Hanegbi (Tel Aviv)
Raphaële Garrod (Cambridge)
Anna Corrias (London)
Michael Champion (Australian Catholic University)
Jayne Knight (The University of Tasmania)

Publications

Michael Champion, Raphaële Garrod, Yasmin Haskell and Juanita Ruys, "But Were They Talking about Emotions? Affectus, affectio and the History of Emotions", commissioned article for special issue of Rivista Storica Italiana (forthcoming).

Kirk Essary, “Fiery Heart and Fiery Tongue: Emotion in Erasmus’ Ecclesiastes,” in Erasmus Studies 36:1 (2016), 5-35

Andrea Rizzi, “Violent Language in Early Fifteenth-century Italy: the Emotions of Invectives”, in Violence in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn, Routledge.

Andrea Rizzi, Entry on “Languages of Humanism and Emotions”, in Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction, ed. Susan Broomhall (Routledge, forthcoming c. 2016).

Stephanie Trigg, “’Language in her Eye’: The Expressive Face of Criseyde/Cressida,” in Love History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare: Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida, ed. Andrew James Johnston, Elisabeth Kempf, and Russell West-Pavlov (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), 94-108

Stephanie Trigg, “Faces that Speak: A Little Emotion Machine in the Novels of Jane Austen,” in Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850, ed. Susan Broomhall (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).

Work in Progress

Kirk Essary is working on a piece exploring the difficulty of distinguishing between “affectus” and “passio” in the sixteenth century by examining dictionaries, and in a few texts from Erasmus and Calvin.

Francesco de Toni gave a paper on epistolary language of emotion in the correspondence of nineteenth-century Benedictine missionary, Rosendo Salvado, at the CHE conference, “Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100-1800”, Freie Universität, Berlin, 30 June-2 July 2016. He is writing a paper on the lexicon and semantics of emotion words in Italian between the 18th and the 19th centuries, i.e. the centuries in which words such as emozione (emotion) and sentimento (feeling) become widespread in the Italian language.

Stephanie Trigg gave the biennial lecture at the New Chaucer Society congress in London in July, “Chaucer’s Face”, looking at the trope of the silently speaking face in Chaucer’s poetry. It will be published in Studies in the Age of Chaucer in 2017.

Andrea Rizzi gave a paper on "Renaissance translators and the language of emotions" at a two-day symposium, “Translators in History”, at the European University Institute (Fiesole).

Juanita Ruys, following on from her joint article with Michael Champion, Raphaële Garrod, and Yasmin Haskell, has begun commissioning chapters for a larger book on the history of the word "affectus" and its cognates in Latin and vernacular languages. Kirk Essary and Michael Champion will co-edit this with her.

Yasmin Haskell and Kirk Essary are working on a joint article, provisionally titled, "A genealogy of the mild and violent passions", tracing the path of this distinction from Hume back to classical antiquity.

Jayne Knight is writing a monograph on anger and politics in ancient Rome. This work involves an analysis of the political connotations of Latin emotion words such as ira, iracundia​, odium, invidia, and indignatio.

 

CHE Members

Yasmin Haskell

The University of Bristol

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Stephanie Trigg

The University of Melbourne

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Juanita Feros Ruys

The University of Sydney

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Kirk Essary

The University of Western Australia

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Bronwyn Reddan

The University of Melbourne

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Francesco De Toni

The University of Western Australia

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Hannah Kilpatrick

The University of Melbourne

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Jordan Lavers

PhD Student at The University of Western Australia

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Andrea Rizzi (2015-2017)

The University of Melbourne

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Michael Champion (2016)

Australian Catholic University

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Jason Stoessel (2014-2017)

The University of New England

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Ross Knecht

Emory University (USA)

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Tania Colwell (2014)

Australian National University

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Aleksondra Hultquist (2012, 2014)

The University of Melbourne

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Tara Auty

The University of Western Australia

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Raphaële Garrod

Cambridge University

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Giovanni Tarantino

The University of Western Australia

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Jakelin Troy

The University of Sydney

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Stephanie Downes

The University of Melbourne

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Jayne Knight (2017)

The University of Tasmania

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