Maria Isabel Donas Botto

Maria Isabel Donas Botto is a retired Professor of the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture of the University of Coimbra, where she taught English Culture, History of English Art and Cultural Studies. Main areas of research interest: History of English Art, Morrisian Studies, Victorian Studies, Utopian Studies and Urban Studies.

Member of the Research Centre IEP (2004-09) and CETAPS (from 2009 to the present) involved in two multidisciplinary research projects: “British and North American Utopianism” and “Relational Forms: Intercultural and Inter-Arts Dynamics in the Cultures of Ireland and Britain”.

Main publications in the concerned fields:

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “‘A Victorian Looking-glass’: the Art Sector of the Great Exhibition as a Mirror of Mid-Victorian Society.” Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens 57 (2003).

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “A Memória das Pedras: Reflexões sobre a Arquitectura Britânica Contemporânea.” Anglo-Saxónica, revista do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa. 2.18 (2003).

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. Introduction, selection of texts, translation and notes to William MorrisArtes Menores, Lisbon: Antígona, 2003.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “Em busca da autenticidade: Holman Hunt no Próximo Oriente, 1854-92.” Biblos: Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra 2 (2004): 321-42.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “On the Greening of the City: Does Morris still matter?” Landscapes of Memory/Paisagens da Memória. Isabel Capeloa Gil, Richard Trewinnard and Maria Laura Pires, org. Lisbon: Universidade Católica Editora, 2004.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “Redesigning Utopia for the Twenty-first century? Reflections on Current Projects of Urban Regeneration in the United Kingdom.” Nowhere Somewhere: Writing, Space, and the Construction of Utopia. José Eduardo Reis and Jorge Bastos da Silva, eds. Porto: Editora da Universidade do Porto, 2006.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. Annotated translation of Lewis Mumford, História das Utopias. Lisbon: Antígona, 2007.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas, ed. Spaces of Utopia: an Electronic Journal 4 (Spring 2007).

Sassen, Saskia and Isabel Donas Botto, “Cities as Spaces of Possibility: An Interview with Saskia Sassen.” Spaces of Utopia: An Electronic Journal 4 (Spring 2007): 1-10.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “On (Re)Building the City: William Morris and the Regeneration of the British City.” William Morris in the Twenty-First Century. Phillippa Bennett and Rosie Miles, eds. Series Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts, vol. 20. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “Um passado mais-que-perfeito: o impacto do clássico na arquitectura britânica.” Norma e Transgressão II. Carmen Soares et al., coord. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2011.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “Ensinar com (a história de) arte.” O cruzamento de saberes na aula de inglês. Ana Luis, ed. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2013.

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “Renascendo das cinzas: uma história de duas cidades.” Colóquio/Letras 186 (May-August 2014).

Botto, Maria Isabel Donas. “Garden Tourism in England: an Early Discovery.” Gardens and Tourism: For and Beyond Economic Profit. Ana Duarte Rodrigues, coord. Évora: GHAIA/CIUHCT, 2015.