Eugenio Donato

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Eugenio Donato (born August 17, 1937 in Cyprus , † September 19, 1983 ) was an American Romance studies and literary scholar .

life and work

Donato, who had an Italian father and an Armenian mother, grew up in Alexandria and graduated from high school there. He studied mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles and Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 1956 and becoming a high school teacher at Portsmouth Abbey School, Rhode Island.

From 1963 to 1964 he taught French at Cornell University and from 1964 to 1968 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1965 he received his doctorate there under René Girard with the work From Marivaux to Voltaire. An essay in the definition of a literary style . From 1968 to 1976 he taught comparative literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo . From 1978 he was Professor of French at the University of California, Irvine .

At the University at Buffalo, the Eugenio Donato Chair of Comparative Literature is named after him.


  • (Ed. With Richard Macksey [1931-2019]) The Structuralist controversy. The languages ​​of criticism and the sciences of man [Papers and discussions of the international symposium convened under the auspices of the Johns Hopkins Humanities center, October 18-21, 1966, in Baltimore], Baltimore 1970 (the first edition has the later main title “ The Structuralist controversy ”as subtitle), 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1995, 2007 (Spanish: Los lenguajes críticos y las ciencias del hombre. Controversia estructuralista , Barcelona 1972; Italian: La controversia sullo strutturalismo. I linguaggi della critica e le scienze dell'uomo , Naples 1975. Contains contributions by: René Girard , Charles Morazé, Georges Poulet , Eugenio Donato, Lucien Goldman , Tzvetan Todorov , Roland Barthes , Jean Hyppolite , Jacques Lacan , Guy Rosolato, Neville Dyson-Hudson, Jacques Derrida , Jean-Pierre Vernant and Nicolas Ruwet )
  • The script of decadence. Essays on the fictions of Flaubert and the poetics of romanticism , New York 1993 (posthumous publication)


  • In Memoriam Eugenio Donato, in: Modern Language Notes 99, 4, 1984

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