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Idols, Demons, or Passions? Old and New Gods in Jesuit Latin Epic

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020. 05:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Renaissance Worldmaking
Meeting Description: 

Please join Professor Yasmin Haskell, Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism at the University of Western Australia. She will be speaking on “Idols, Demons, or Passions? Old and New Gods in Jesuit Latin Epic.” 
 
The early modern Jesuits were heirs to the Latin humanism of the Renaissance and devotees of the cult of Virgil. In this talk Professor Haskell will introduce three Jesuit “Virgilian” epics from the beginning, middle and end of the “Old” Society: Francesco Benci’s Five Martyrs (1591), on the Jesuit martyrs of Cuncolim, southern India; Bartolomeu Pereira’s Paceicis (1640), on the life and martyrdom in Nagasaki in 1626 of the poet’s cousin, Francisco Pacheco; and the Heroum libri iv by Emmanuel de Azevedo (1789), on the expulsion of American Jesuits from New Spain and their journey to Italy. How did these poets, writing at three critical moments in the Society’s history, mobilize the traditional epic machinery of supernatural apparitions, interventions, and motivation of human passions? And how did they treat the “new” gods encountered in the Jesuits’ overseas missions?

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