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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Domnica Radulescu

Professor of Romance Languages
Washington and Lee University

Domnica Radulescu is Professor of French and Italian at Washington and Lee University where she has taught since 1992. She is the co-founding chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Washington and Lee University and teaches a wide array of courses on early modern and modern French theater, on modern French novel, Italian Renaissance literature, and Gender Studies. She is the founding director of the National Symposium of Theater in Academe, which she created in 1994.

Dr. Radulescu is the winner of the 2009 Library of Virginia Award for fiction for the novel Train to Trieste (Knopf, 2008), which was published in nine different languages and received national and international acclaim in newspapers such as: Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Diego Tribune, Le Monde, and Le Magazine des Livres. Her second novel, Black Sea Twilight, was published with Doubleday (UK) in 2010 and was listed by the Booksellers’ Choice among the top 10 fiction books for August 2010. Both novels tell stories of empowered female protagonists and their journeys of self-discovery and exile.

Dr. Radulescu has authored, edited, or co-edited nine scholarly books and collections of essays on subjects ranging from early modern and modern French and Italian theater to representations of women, exiles, and Gypsies in Western literature and culture. These works include Women’s Comedic Art as Social Revolution (forthcoming with McFarland, 2011), Gypsies in European Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2008), Vampirettes, Wretches and Amazons. Western Representations of East European Women (East European Monographs, Columbia University Press, 2004), The Theater of Teaching and the Lessons of Theater (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and Realms of Exile. Nomadism, Diasporas and East European Voices (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Teacher Fellowship to Romania in 2007 and has directed over twenty theater productions with students in the U.S., France, and Romania. Radulescu received her M.A. in Comparative Literature and her Ph.D. in French and Italian literatures from the University of Chicago in 1992. She was born in Romania and came to the United States as a political refugee in 1983.

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Domnica Radulescu

"I navigate several languages and disciplines on a daily basis. I move from my native Romanian, from which I uprooted myself in search of freedom, to the French in which I teach theater. I travel from the Italian of Renaissance poetry, to my beloved adopted English as I write fiction or mentor students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program."