Guide to the Eugenio Donato Papers MS.C.009

Finding aid prepared by Carole McEwan and Alexandra Bisio
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
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© 2011, 2015


Title: Eugenio Donato papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.C.009
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1970-1983
Abstract: This collection contains publications, manuscripts, notes, annotated sources, subject files, and curriculum vitae of former University of California, Irvine French and Comparative Literature professor, Eugenio Donato.
creator: Donato, Eugenio

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Preferred Citation

Eugenio Donato papers. MS-C009. Special Collections and Archives,The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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Acquisition Information

Transferred to Special Collections and Archives by John Carlos Rowe in 1997. Gift of Sarah Donato, 1998.

Processing History

Accessioned by Carol McEwan, 2011. Processed by Alexandra Bisio, 2015.

Historical Background

Eugenio Donato, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, at the University of California, Irvine, was an Armenian-Italian literary critic, particularly noted for his work on The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Science of Man with Richard Macksey.
Donato was born on August 17, 1937 in Cyprus to an Italian father and an Armenian mother. Though he spent his youth in Alexandria, Egypt, where he received his French Baccalaureates-lettres, he began his undergraduate studies at UCLA before moving to New York to attend Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1956, Dontato taught French and Mathematics at Portsmouth Priory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
In 1960, Donato began his PhD in Romance Language at the Johns Hopkins University under the direction of Rene Girard. Donato completed his degree in 1965 with a dissertation entitled, "From Marivaux to Voltaire: an Essay in the Definition of a Literary Style." Remaining at Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor, Donato participated in the famous 1966 Johns Hopkins conference "The Language of Criticism and the Science of Man," whose guests included Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and J. Hillis Miller. In partnership with Richard Macksey, Donato edited the proceedings of the conference into a volume entitled The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Science of Man . This conference and work gave a "radically new orientation to humanities studies in North America."
During his career, Donato taught at Cornell University (1963-1964), Johns Hopkins (1964-1968), and SUNY Buffalo (1968-1764) where he directed the program in Comparative Literature. Donato came to UCI in 1978. He taught in the departments of French and comparative literature, and was the chair of the departments of French and Italian.
Eugenio Donato died on September 19, 1983. His book The Script of Decadence: Essays on the Fictions of Flaubert and the Poetics of Romanticism, a study of nineteenth century theories of representation in the work of Gustave Flaubert, was published posthumously in 1993. The Eugenio Donato Chair of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo is named in his honor.
Source The Regents of the University of California."University of California: In Memoriam - Eugenio Donato, French and Italian: Irvine." Calisphere, http://texts.cdlib.org/view?docId=hb4d5nb20m;NAAN=13030&doc.view=frames&chunk.id=div00045&toc.depth=1&toc.id=&brand=calisphere (Accessed 2014/5/11).

Chronology

1937 August 17 Born in Cyprus.
1954 Received Baccalaureates-lettres.
  Began undergraduate study at UCLA.
1956 Received Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, Columbia University.
  Began teaching French and mathematics at Portsmouth Priory.
1960 Began graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University.
1963-1964 Assistant Professor of Romance Literatures, Cornell University.
1965 Completed PhD in Romance Languages, Johns Hopkins University.
1966 The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Science of Man, edited with Richard Macksey.
1968-1976 Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo.
1970-1972 Professeur Agrege de Litterature Comparee, University de Monteal.
1973-1977 Director, Program in Comparative Literature, SUNY, Buffalo.
1976-1978 Professor of Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo.
1978 Professor of French and Comparative Literature, UC, Irvine.
  Chairman of the Departments of French and Italian, UC, Irvine.
1983 September 19 Died in Irvine, California.
1993 The Script of Decadence: Essays on the Fictions of Flaubert and the Poetics of Romanticism posthumously published.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains a sample of the late academic work of University of California, Irvine French and Comparative Literature professor, Eugenio Donato. Materials in this collection include publications, manuscripts, notes, annotated sources, subject files, and curriculum vitae. The majority of the papers relate to Donato's posthumously published book The Script of Decadence, a study of nineteenth century theories of representation in the work of Gustave Flaubert. Some material on Hegel, Derrida, and deconstruction is also included.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series:
  • Series 1. Writings, 1970-1983, .7 linear feet
  • Series 2. Notes and sources, 1970-1983, 1 linear foot
  • Series 3. Subject files,1970-1983, .7 linear feet
  • Series 4. Curriculum vitae, 1970-1983, .1 linear feet
All series are in their original order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880
Rowe, John Carlos, 1945-
University of California, Irvine.
Critical theory -- Archives.
Critical theory -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- Irvine
Literary critics.

Box 1, Folder 1-8, Box 1, Folder 1-8, Box 2, Folder 1-7

Writings Series 1 1970-1983

Physical Description: 0.7 Linear feet

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains manuscripts, typescript drafts, offprints, and photocopies of publications by literary critic Eugenio Donato. The majority of the manuscripts and drafts in this series were published after Donato's death as part of The Script of Decadence. Some related notes and sources are also included with their associated works.

Arrangement

This series is in its original order.
Box 3, Folder 1-6, Box 2, Folder 8-19

Notes and sources Series 2 1970-1983

Physical Description: 1.0 Linear foot

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains annotated photocopies of published primary sources, notebooks, and notecards used and taken by literary critic Eugenio Donato. The majority of the notes and sources in this series were used for Donato's posthumously published work The Script of Decadence.

Arrangement

This series is in its original order.
Box 3, Folder 7-18

Subject files Series 3 1970-1983

Physical Description: 0.7 Linear feet

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains subject files created by Eugenio Donato on various authors, such as Michele Foucault and Rene Girard, literary works, and topics. Files contain notes, photocopies of academic articles and sources, offprints, and essays by Donato.

Arrangement

This series is in its original order.
Box 3, Folder 19

Curriculum vitae Series 4 1970-1983

Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet

Arrangement

This series is in its original order.

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains Eugenio Donato's edited curriculum vitae circa 1980s.