Clorinda Donato, Regional Representative (California State)


Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures
California State University, Long Beach
Tel: (562) 985-4621


Clorinda Donato is the George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies at California State University, Long Beach and Professor of French and Italian. Her published research spans eighteenth-century cultural studies in the areas of knowledge transfer through translation and genre adaptation in encyclopedic compilations across six languages; she also works on gender in medical and literary accounts, the Catholic and Protestant Enlightenments in Italy and Europe, and book history.  Multilingual and intercultural teaching and research form a second core of scholarly and pedagogical pursuits over the past ten years.  She has published seven authored, co-authored, or co-edited books and over 75 articles in the aforementioned fields.  These include the co-edited volume, Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas—Textualities, Intellectual Disputes, Intercultural Transfers University of Toronto Press 2014; Enlightenment Spain and the Encyclopédie méthodique’ in the Voltaire Foundation series Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (2015). A special issue of Italian Studies, The Diva in Modern Italian Culture, co-edited with Katharine Mitchell, was published in 2015.  She has recently published “Between Myth and Archive, Alchemy and Science in Eighteenth-Century Naples: The Cabinet of Raimondo di Sangro,” Life Forms in the Thinking of the Long Eighteenth Century, eds. Keith Baker and Jenna Gibbs, (2016) and with Violet Pasquarelli-Gascon, “The Language of the Other: Italian for Spanish Speakers through Intercomprehension,” Italica (2015).