Donna Roberts is an expert in surrealist art and literature. Her research is motivated by the pursuit of connections, such as those between text and image and the ways of thinking and seeing in different historical eras. Her interdisciplinary approach specifically addresses the historically shifting and contested notion of ‘nature’ and in her writing and teaching she seeks to explore relations between the critical views of nature developed by the historical avant-gardes and those found in current debates
Roberts’ work aims to situate the surrealist movement within a historical yet ongoing critical discourse on nature. The main goal of her research is to connect the broad ambitions of the surrealists to contemporary concerns with ecology, the human place in nature, and the manifold problem of the gross reduction of Life, inflicted both by humans on other species and by humans upon one another.