Linda Paulson discovered Europe as a teenager, traveling with family and visiting friends, and has tried to spend a part of every year there ever since. She majored in English, French and art history as an undergraduate and taught at an international orphanage in Switzerland after graduation. She returned to the United States and earned her PhD in comparative literature at UCLA, specializing in 19th-century British, French and German literature, particularly the novel. While in graduate school, she began spending summers in the United Kingdom and continues to explore Great Britain whenever her schedule allows. She regularly retraces the footsteps of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, as well as the locales of the historical novels of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson and the travels of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in Scotland.
During our program, Dr. Paulson will touch upon such topics as the Romantics and the revolution in literature, art and politics; Yorkshire in the literary imagination of the 19th century; and the December 1914 attack on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby.
Associate dean and director, Master of Liberal Arts program, Stanford University
Lecturer, Stanford English department
Resident fellow, Donner House, since 1986 to present
Recipient, Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Award for distinguished teaching and service to the University