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 | Office: AS 305

Research Interests

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.


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.

Web Publications

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.

1996-present EBRO Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews Online, Clorinda Donato, editor

Select Awards and Grants

2010 Chancellor’s Office Travel Award for Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Grant

2010 French Cultural Services “French for Spanish Speakers” (also awarded in previous 4 years)

2009 3T Technology Award: “Elluminating” the Italian Renaissance

2009 Sponsor Award: Provost’s Undergraduate Research Competition

2008 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovation in Teaching Award (with Tim Keirn, History and Norbert Schürer, English)

2007 Center for International Education Project Grant I (with Leslie Nord)
Center for International Education Project Grant II (with Laura Ceia-Minjares
and Alexandra Jaffe)

2006 Center for International Education Project Grant (with Claire Martin)

2006 California State University, Long Beach, Undergraduate Research Award for “The Global Eighteenth Century” (also awarded in 2005)

2005 Chevalier dans Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Awarded by the French Government

2005 California State University, Long Beach, Mini-Grant

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