UND’s Robinson Lecture examines early writings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Chester Fritz Library invites all members of the UND and Grand Forks community to

Dr. Sandra Donaldson

Dr. Sandra Donaldson

attend the Twentieth Annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 15, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). The event will spotlight Dr. Sandra Donaldson’s life-long work on Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  The event will also feature musical selections from a UND choral group.  A reception follows the presentation.

‘I’ll see you in hell’: Delightful Works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Various Special Collections

Dr. Sandra Donaldson, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and an affiliate of the Women Studies Program,has devoted her scholarly life to the study of Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  Her presentation for the Robinson Lecture will explore Barrett Browning’s self-image as a young writer through three of her writing exercises, which she composed as a teenager.  In the three exercises, the poet writes in French to Socrates, Homer, and Pindar.  You must attend the Lecture to find out how her writings relate to the underworld.  Dr. Donaldson has translated and transcribed each of the manuscripts, which can be found in Volume 5 of the new edition of Barrett Browning’s works.  The Barrett Browning manuscripts used in Dr. Donaldson’s presentation are preserved in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. Other large collections of Barrett Browning juvenilia are in the English Poetry Collection of the Wellesley College Library and also in special collections at the Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University.

Sandra Donaldson:

Dr. Sandra Donaldson, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and an affiliate of the Women Studies Program,is an internationally recognized scholar of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  Her collaborative work with other Barrett Browning scholars has resulted in a multi-volume scholarly edition of poet’s work.  She is a prolific author and has received major grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  During the past four years she has been working with colleagues in the UND English Department to develop a Barrett Browning database located at UND.

Dr. Donaldson received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.  She was named Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 2004. Dr. Donaldson has been at UND since 1977 and was a founding member of UND’s Women Studies Program.

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