Eric T. Haskell

Eric T. Haskell

Professor of French and Humanities
Director, Clark Humanities Museum

Department: French Studies

Office Address: Humanities

Office Phone: (909) 607-2766

Email: eric.haskell@scrippscollege.edu

Academic History

  • Ph.D., French Literature from the University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., French Literature from the University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Pomona College
  • French Baccalaureate Equivalence (Lettres)

Areas of Expertise

The interdisciplinary study of literature, history, art, architecture and the history of ideas as well as the political and social traditions which have shaped France.

Personal Interests

The inter-relations between literature and art, with specific reference to image-text inquiry, and garden history.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Author of over thirty scholarly articles on such nineteenth-century authors as Baudelaire, Flaubert, Nerval, Huysmans and Rimbaud
  • Author of Le Nôtre's Gardens and Les Jardins de Brécy: Le Paradis Retrouvé / The Gardens of Brécy: A Lasting Landscape
  • Author of various exhibition catalogues
  • Curator of a dozen exhibitions
  • Organizer of numerous university colloquia

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of 11 Scripps College Faculty Achievement Awards for Outstanding Scholarship, for Outstanding Teaching and for Outstanding Service
  • Recipient of a Mellon Grant
  • Included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the 21st Century, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in California, 3000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century, 2,000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 5,000 Personalities of the World, 500 Leaders of Achievement, Most Admired Men and Women of the Year, Men of Achievement, 2,000 Notable American Men, and Dictionary of International Biography: A Record of Contemporary Achievement

Biography

Eric T. Haskell is Professor of French Studies and Humanities at Scripps College where he is also Director of the Clark Humanities Museum. He received his Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine. He also studied Art History and Architecture in the graduate program at UCI and at the école du Louvre in Paris.

At Scripps College, Dr. Haskell's courses focus on the interdisciplinary study of literature, history, art, architecture and the history of ideas as well as on political and social traditions which have shaped France. In the Scripps Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, he teaches such courses as ""Sites of Seduction: Aesthetic Contexts of the French Garden"" and ""Book Illustration as Textual Interpretation: Paradigms in Literature and the Visual Arts."" He has been the recipient of eleven Faculty Achievement Awards for Outstanding Scholarship, for Outstanding Teaching, and for Outstanding Service.

Dr. Haskell's scholarly interest is centered on the inter-relations between literature and art, with specific reference to image-text inquiry, and on garden history. The recipient of a Mellon Grant for his research on the illustrated book, he is the author of over thirty scholarly articles on such nineteenth-century authors as Baudelaire, Flaubert, Nerval, Huysmans and Rimbaud. As Director of Scripps College's Clark Humanities Museum, he has supervised over one hundred and twenty exhibitions and curated such shows as ""Transcending Mimesis: The French Illustrated Book"" and ""Picturing Wonderland: Illustrations for Carroll's Alice."" In the field of garden history and landscape aesthetics, Dr. Haskell has curated over a dozen exhibits including ""Privileged Precincts: The Pavilions and Gardens of Marly"" and ""The Désert de Retz: A Late Eighteenth-Century French Folly Garden."" His book, Le Nôtre's Gardens, accompanied an exhibition he curated at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. In 2007, his book Les Jardins de Brécy: Le Paradis Retrouvé / The Gardens of Brécy: A Lasting Landscape, was published in Paris by Les Editions du Huitième Jour in both French and English editions.

Dr. Haskell has organized several university colloquia including: ""Formalism in the Garden,"" ""Landscapes of Illusion: Gardens Occidental and Oriental,"" ""Rethinking the Eighteenth-Century Garden,"" and ""Invention in the Landscape: The Modern Garden and Its Contexts."" He also directed the fifth triennial conference of the International Association of Word & Image Studies which he hosted at Scripps College in 1999.

A frequent guest speaker, Dr. Haskell has delivered over 500 public lectures in twenty-four states and eleven foreign countries. Selected venues include: the J.-Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Huntington Library, the California Institute of Technology, U.C.L.A., U.S.C., San Francisco's de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walter's Art Gallery in Baltimore, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's Central Park Conservancy, the Alliance Française, the French Heritage Society (Vieilles Maisons Françaises), the Friends of French Art, and the Royal Museum of Scotland. Dr. Haskell has also spoken at the botanical gardens of Los Angeles, Dallas, Fort Worth, Chicago, Cleveland and Birmingham, Alabama, and he was the keynote speaker at the Millennium Meeting of the Garden Club of America in 2000.

Dr. Haskell has presented scholarly papers at Stanford, the University of California (7 of the 10 campuses), the Universities of Hawaii, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire as well as at Duke, Yale and Harvard. Abroad, he has lectured at the Universities of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Zürich, Hamburg, Hannover, Sweden, Tunisia, Montréal, Ottawa, and at Trinity College, Dublin. Twice he has spoken at the University of Paris' Institute of Aesthetics, a division of France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.).

Finally, Dr. Haskell has served on the Board of Directors of Claremont Heritage, the Rancho Los Alamitos Historic House and Garden Foundation, the Banning Residence Museum Foundation and on the Committee for the Garden Initiative, a 40 million-dollar campaign on behalf of the Huntington Botanical Gardens. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of the International Association & Image Studies and the New York baroque Dance Company. Dr. Haskell is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the 21st Century, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in California, 3000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century, 2,000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 5,000 Personalities of the World, 500 Leaders of Achievement, Most Admired Men and Women of the Year, Men of Achievement, 2,000 Notable American Men and the Dictionary of International Biography: A Record of Contemporary Achievement.

Courses Taught

  • FRENCH 100: French Culture and Civilization
  • FRENCH 130: French Theatre: Theatricality and Mise en Scène
  • FRENCH 131: French Theatre: The Tragic and the Comic Muse
  • FRENCH 172: Baudelaire and the Symbolist Aesthetic
  • CORE III: Sites of Seduction: Aesthetic Contexts of the French Garden

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