Hilary Donatini

Dr. Hilary Donatini

Associate Professor of English
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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Hilary Teynor Donatini is a native of Bucyrus, Ohio. After earning a B.A. at The College of Wooster in 1998, she went on to The University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing a Ph.D. in 2006 and teaching at both UW-Madison and a UW branch campus before joining Ashland's English department. She is the chair of the English department and the faculty advisor for Ashland University’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society.


"'Something for an Executive': Satire in Terry Gilliam's Brazil," forthcoming in Quarterly Review of Film and Video

"Smollett's Justices." The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual 23 (2015): 273-300.

“The Holy House of Loreto: Politics and Idolatry in the Long Eighteenth Century.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 21 (2014): 207-27.

"Spotless Minds and Cultural Memory: Teaching Future Teachers in the United States." Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries 5.1 (2013).

“Moral and Medical Diagnosis in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.” The Eighteenth-Century Novel 8 (October 2011): 247-69.

“A Partridge in the Family Tree: Fixity, Mobility, and Community in Tom Jones.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.3 (April 2005): 349-72.

Donatini is currently writing a book on the justices of the peace in eighteenth-century British literature.

Research Areas

British Literature 1660-1800
Eighteenth-century novels

Genre and form
Intersections of religion and politics
Historical and philosophical contexts for literature

Histories and theories of satire and humor


B.A., The College of Wooster
M.A., Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

English 418: A History of the English Language

English 408: Eighteenth-Century English Literature

English 406: Seventeenth-Century English Literature

English 338: Themes and Topics in Literature (Satire)

English 317: Studies in Shakespeare
English 308: The Poem

English 217: British Literature

English 102: Composition II and English 101: Composition I

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