Clorinda Donato, Ph.D.
The George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies
Professor of French and Italian
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA. 90840
562 985-4621 | Fax 562 985-4259
Clorinda.Donato@csulb.edu | Office: AS 305
Clorinda Donato’s research addresses eighteenth-century cultural studies in the areas of knowledge transfer through translation and genre adaptation in encyclopedic compilations and the prose narrative in the global eighteenth century. She also works on gender in medical and literary accounts, the Catholic and Protestant Enlightenments in Italy and Europe, and book history. She has published some fifty articles on these topics, with the reception of the French Enlightenment in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain an area of particular emphasis. She has co-edited three collections and has just finished co-editing a new volume on Jesuit accounts of the Americas. Current book projects include the manuscript “Dissecting Gender in Britain and in Italy: The Case of Catterina Vizzani” and a study of male friendship in Grand Tour Italy. She also directs the NEH-funded project “French and Italian for Spanish Speakers.”
1986 UCLA, Ph.D., Romance Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
1980 UCLA, M.A., Italian
1974 UC Berkeley, B.A., Italian
2009 Discourses of Tolerance and Intolerance in the Eighteenth Century, Hans Erich Bödeker, Clorinda Donato, and Peter Reill, editors, University of Toronto Press.
2005 Une Encyclopédie à vocation européene: L’Encyclopédie d’Yverdon et sa résonance européenne: contextes contenus prolongements (1770 – 1780), Jean-Daniel Candaux, Alain Cernuschi, Clorinda Donato, and Jens Haesler, editors, Slatkine.
1992 The Encyclopédie and the Age of Revolution, Clorinda Donato and Robert M. Maniquis, editors, (Clorinda Donato, catalogue author,) G.K. Hall.
2004 Inventory of De Felice’s ‘Encyclopédie d’Yverdon’: A Comparative Study with Diderot’s ‘Encyclopédie.’ Centre international pour l’étude du dix-huitième siècle.
Recent Articles and Book Chapters
- “The Travels and Translations of Marc-Antoine Eidous, Encyclopedic Mediator of Enlightenment Texts,” in Translating Travel Writing in Europe, 1750-1850, ed., Alison Martin, Routledge, 2012, pp. 30-53. (Book Chapter)
- “Against Coppet’s Italie: Ugo Foscolo’s Engaged Italian Romanticism,” Germaine de Staël: Forging a Politics of Mediation, ed. Karyna Szmurlo, SVEC Oxford, 2011:12, pp. 175-191. (Book Chapter)
- “The Peregrinations of Two ‘Péruviennes’ : Travel, Gender and Sexuality in the Transatlantic Crossings of Mme de Graffigny’s Zilia and Flora Tristan,” Revista de Humanidades, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 27/28, 2011, pp. 37-60. (Journal Article)
- “Where ‘Reason and the Sense of Venus are Innate in Men:’ Male Friendship, Secret Societies, Academies and Antiquarians in Eighteenth-Century Florence,” Italian Studies, Vol. 65 No. 3, November, 2010, pp. 329-44. (Journal Article)
Select Awards and Grants
2012 Education Award, Humanitarian and Leadership Awards, Sons of Italy
Western Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of
2012 Corresponding Member, Accademia Roveretana degli Agiati
2012-14 Member at Large, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
(ASECS), Executive Committee
2012-13 Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, CSULB
2011-2014 National Endowment for the Humanities “French and Italian for
2010 French Cultural Services “French for Spanish Speakers” (also awarded in
previous 4 years)
2005 Chevalier dans Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Awarded by the French
2004 ProHelvetia Foundation Seminar on the teaching of Swiss French
Literature, Sept 20-Oct 1, 2004.
2000 Prix Fondation de Felice. (Literary prize of 5,000 Swiss Francs awarded at
the Dies Academicus of the University of Lausanne).
1998 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award