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Donna Rondolone, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor
Department of English and Philosophy

Education:

  • PhD, English, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • MA, English, University of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Temple University, 1976

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Arthurian legend
  • Mythology

Bio:

Associate Teaching Professor Dr. Donna Lynne Rondolone was elected to Phi Beta Kappa when she earned her BA magna cum laude from Temple University in 1976. She went on to study with prominent medievalists at the University of Pennsylvania, which granted her PhD in 1992. Among her publications is “Arthurian Legend: The Holy Grail,” a chapter contribution to Oxford’s popular textbook Introduction to Mythology authored by her friend and colleague Associate Professor Eva M. Thury and Margaret K. Devinney. Dr. Rondolone originated a course in Arthurian Legend specifically for Drexel which she has taught for over twenty years, first in the College of Arts and Sciences and presently in the Honors College. In addition to teaching in the First-Year Writing Program, she teaches courses in classical and medieval literature, as well as world mythology. She is passionate about inspiring students to engage writing and literature as a means of self-discovery, developing empathy, and understanding the diverse world in which we live and work. In her personal life she is passionate about animal rescue and has initiated TNVR efforts in her community; she has also volunteered at Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary in Ringoes, New Jersey.

Selected Publications:

  • “The Holy Grail” in Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths. Eva M. Thury and Margaret K. Devinney. 4th ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2016.
  • “Wyrchipe: The Clash of Oral-heroic and Literate-Ricardian Ideals in the Alliterative Morte Arthure” in Oral Poetics in Middle English Poetry. Ed. Mark C. Amodio. Albert Bates Lord Studies in Oral Tradition, Vol. 13. New York: Garland Publishing, 1994.