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  • Mary Donaldson-Evans, Elias Ahuja Professor Emerita

    Elias Ahuja Professor Emerita
    University of Delaware
    103 Jastak-Burgess Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-2592


    Mary Donaldson-Evans taught at the University of Delaware from 1969 until her retirement in 2011. Her field of specialization was 19th century French literature. Besides the literature and civilization courses, she most enjoyed teaching courses in phonetics and translation.

    At Delaware, she was active at all levels, including serving as Chair of the Departmental Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Committees, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Member of the A & S Promotion and Tenure Committee, etc. In addition to the University of Delaware Press editorial board, she served on several editorial boards for journals in her field.

    In her retirement, Mary has prepared a scholarly edition of Maupassant’s Bel-Ami (1885), to be published by Garnier (Paris). She has also had several creative works (short stories, anecdotes and personal essays) published by The New York Times “Metropolitan Diary,” The Lowestoft Chronicle,, and Blizzard, the publication of the Army’s Tenth Mountain Division.


    PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1975

    M.A. University of Wisconsin, 1968

    B.A. Marquette University, 1965


    Madame Bovary at the Movies: Adaptation, Ideology, Context, Rodopi, 2009.

    Medical Examinations. Dissecting the Doctor in French Narrative Prose (1857-1894), University of Nebraska Press, 2000

    A Woman’s Revenge: The Chronology of Dispossession in Maupassant’s Fiction (French Forum Monographs, 1986)

    Four co-edited books and numerous articles

    Professional Activities

    Honors and Awards:

    Named Professorship (Elias Ahuja), 2002

    Outstanding Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences, 1995

    National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for College Teachers, 1993-94

    “Chevalier” in the Order of French Academic Palms, 1989

    Excellence-in-Teaching Award, 1983



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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591