Talks, readings & Appearances
“Dream in a Suitcase: How Literature Saves/Changes Lives.”
Domnica Radulescu, the Edwin A. Morris Professor of Comparative Literature, will present an inaugural public lecture to celebrate her endowed professorship on May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in Washington and Lee University’s Stackhouse Theater. The title of Radulescu’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is: “Dream in a Suitcase: How Literature Saves/Changes Lives”. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Radulescu, who has written extensively on East European theater and narrative, said, “I’m very happy to have this new professorship. I travel in so many directions artistically and intellectually, that this provides a grounding from which I can continue to grow. It will also fill a niche in the university curriculum. It is time for the area of comparative literature to be refreshed and taught with a more modern edge. It’s a synergistic field that I hope will encourage faculty from other disciplines to also offer courses that connect literature with philosophy, psychology, religion, classics and social sciences”.
In addition to reading from her works, Radulescu has invited several students to perform dramatic readings from her most recent plays. “It’s important for students to see that their professors create knowledge, art and scholarship and that they don’t just teach what others have produced. Everything I do, I bring back to the classroom”.
The Ratiu Foundation organised, in partnership with Transworld Publishers and Profusion, the UK launch of Black Sea Twilight, the second novel by Domnica Radulescu. The author was in London for the launch and held a special presentation within the Culture Power series of talks and events, hosted by the British author Dr Mike Phillips OBE, director of the Profusion Publishing House, and a connoisseur of Romanian literature. Domnica Radulescu and Mike Phillips were joined on the panel by Ramona Mitrica, Director of the Ratiu Foundation. Domnica Radulescu read excerpts from Black Sea Twilight, took part in a Q&A with the audience, and signed copies of her book.
Domnica Radulescu, professor of romance languages at Washington and Lee University, was interviewed for the BBC program "Woman's Hour" about growing up under Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu and her debut novel Train to Trieste, which is based on the events of her life.
Train to Trieste is also available for the Amazon Kindle. The paperback version includes an endorsement from Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader and Homecoming. Wrote Schlink: "A coming of age story, a struggle for political integrity and female identity, a wonderful love story — [Train to Trieste] engages us on many levels."