Domnica Radulescu, professor of Romance languages at Washington and Lee University, will give the Edwin A. Morris Professorship Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
The title of Radulescu’s lecture is “'Dangerous Liaisons: The Creative and the Critical, the Personal and the Political, the Fictional and the Autobiographical.” It is free and open to the public.
Radulescu will discuss the fluid interconnections and consistent dialogues between the theoretical and the creative aspects of her writings. She will explore and reveal the ways in which she has built bridges and crossed frontiers between the personal and the political aspects of both her critical and her fictional works. Her talk will address issues such as liminal spaces and the fragmentation that the artist/critic/exile writer has to face before reinventing oneself in a holistic and harmonious entity.
Radulescu is the author, editor or co-editor of 11 books, with a 12th under contract, including “Women’s Comedic Art as Social Revolution” (2011), “Black Sea Twilight” (2011), "Realms of Exile. Nomadism, Diasporas and Eastern European Voices" (2002) and “Train to Trieste” (2008 and 2009) which was published in 12 international editions. She is the author of book chapters, articles and plays and also directs plays.
A full production of Radulescu’s play "Naturalized Woman: A Quilting, Surrealist Project about Immigrant Women" was staged for the first time at the Thespis Theater Festival, off off Broadway, in New York City in October 2012. A staged reading of “No Hay Luz and the Search for Red Bougainvilleas” was held in Minneapolis on Aug. 20, 2012. Radulescu directed both “4:48. Psychosis” by Sarah Kane and “Nine Parts of Desire” by Heather Raffo in Cluj National Theater, Romania, in February 2008.
Radulescu received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in 2011. Her book “Train to Trieste” won the Library of Virginia Fiction Award in 2009. She received a Fulbright Lecturing-Research Fellowship to the Babes-Bolyai University Theater Department in Romania in 2007. The Treakle Foundation awarded her grants for organizing the International Colloquium on André Malraux and Cultural Diversity in 2002 and for organizing the National Symposium of Theater in Academe in 2001.
Radulescu co-founded the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Washington and Lee in 2001 and chaired it for nine years. She is the chair of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at W&L beginning in 2012.
She attended the University of Bucharest, Romania, before coming to the United States, where she received her B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago, her M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures from the University of Chicago.
The Edwin A. Morris Professorship was established in 1993 by a grant from Edwin A. Morris, class of '26, of Greensboro, N.C. Morris was the chairman and chief executive officer of Blue Bell, Inc. of Greensboro.