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General Information

Name:  Clara Orban  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Orban lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

A recipient of the DePaul Excellence in Teaching Award, Clara Orban, is a professor of French and Italian, and chair of the department of modern languages at DePaul University. She is the author of numerous books and articles. Along with her books on wine, Orban has written an award-winning novel, Terra Firma. A certified sommelier who has passed the first two levels of sommelier exams through the Court of Master Sommeliers in London, Orban has been teaching Geography 350: The World of Wine at DePaul since 2002 and has given lectures and presentations around the world.

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Titles At Your Library

Illinois Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide
ISBN: 0809333449

Southern Illinois University Press. 2014

For more than a century, Illinois has been home to a blossoming wine culture, yet winemaking in the state has not received the attention it deserves. Now, Clara Orban has created the ultimate companion to Illinois wines and wineries. This illustrated volume is a comprehensive yet user-friendly guide for both experienced wine lovers and amateur oenophiles.

Orban, a certified sommelier, begins with the history of Illinois wine production and wineries. She then enlightens readers on such wine basics as the most common grapes grown in Illinois, optimal food and wine pairings, the tenets of wine tasting, and provides an overview of the world of labels, bottles, and corks. The fascinating science of wine also is discussed, including the particulars of Illinois soil and climate and their effect on the industry. Orban then provides a guide to all the wineries listed by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners’ Association. For each winery, she offers a succinct history, information regarding the variety of grapes used, hours of operation, location, and contact information.

In addition to providing readers with a background of the state’s industry and snapshots of individual wineries, Illinois Wines and Wineries provides a glossary of key wine terms, including those specific to the state of Illinois, as well as color photos and a map to each location visited in the book. This sophisticated yet practical guidebook is an essential resource for connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike who are interested in exploring Illinois’s rich winemaking legacy.

Wine Lessons: Ten Questions to Guide Your Appreciation of Wine
ISBN: 1465202218

Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2012

A wine appreciation text for anyone who wants to know more about wine and how culture, geography, and wine making intersect. Divided into ten chapters, the book introduces readers to wine regions today, and speculates about how wine will evolve. It also includes practical information for setting up wine tastings, storing wine, and pairing wine with food. This book makes a good companion on the journey to discover the world of wine.

ISBN: 1890357197

Florida Academic Press. 2006

Award-winning (CNW/FFWA Award for Fiction, 2nd Place) riveting story of the plight of pre-World War Italian and Hungarian families, pushed by politics and history out of their land toward America, and the moving reconciliation of a daughter, product of this America, with her past. Written by a Professor of French and Italian at DePaul University, Chicago.

Body [in] Parts: Bodies and Identity in Sade and Guibert
ISBN: 0934223971

Lehigh Univ Pr. 2008

Body in Parts: Bodies and Identity in Sade and Guibert explores the link between Herve Guibert, one of France's most provocative contemporary writers who died of AIDS in 1991, and the Marquis de Sade, the most notorious Enlightenment libertine. In both authors bodies lose their corporeality. They are denied a history through shifting biographies and autobiographies, then lose their physical reality in time. Bodies are objectified and mechanized before being cut up or imprisoned as a way to dehumanize them. Ultimately they become ghosts who haunt the texts.

The Culture Of Fragments.
ISBN: 9042001119

Brill Rodopi. 1997

Works of art such as paintings with words on them or poems shaped as images communicate to the viewer by means of more than one medium. Here is presented a particular group of hybrid art works from the early twentieth century, to discover in what way words and images can function together to create meaning.The four central artists considered in this study investigate word/image forms in their work. F.T. Marinetti invented parole in libert, among other ideas, to free language from syntactic connections. Umberto Boccioni experimented with newspaper clippings on the canvas from 1912-1915, and these collages constitute an important exploration into word/image forms. Andr Breton's collection of poems Clair de terre (1923) contains several typographical variations for iconographic effect. Ren Magritte explored the relationship between words and images, juxtaposing signifiers to contradictory signifieds on the canvas. A final chapter introduces media other than poetry and painting on which words and images appear. Posters, the theater, and the relatively new medium of cinema foreground words and images constantly.This volume will be of interest to scholars of twentieth-century French or Italian literature or painting, and to scholars of word and image studies.


  • CNW/FFWA Award for Fiction, 2nd Place, ''Terra Firma''

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