Emily C Francomano


Associate Professor


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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Emily C. Francomano is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a core faculty member of the Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies Programs. Her scholarly interests revolve around the intersections of medieval and Early Modern literature, translation, gender studies, manuscript culture, and book history.

Her most recent book, Three Spanish Querelle Texts, is a study, translation, and bilingual edition of key works from the medieval Iberian debate on women. Situating Grisel y Mirabella, the Maldezir de mugeres, and the Defensa de las donas in intertextual dialogue, Three Spanish Querelle Texts also studies their historical contexts and international afterlives.

Her first book, Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature, published in Palgrave’s New Middle Ages Series (2008), explores the ubiquitous personification of Wisdom and its history of reception in thirteenth- through seventeenth-century wisdom literature, hagiography, and fiction.

Current research projects include, The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation and the Book in the Sixteenth Century (under contract), and a study of somaesthetics in medieval narrative poetry.

She is also preparing an interactive digital edition of the Libro de buen amor in collaboration with Dr. Heather Bamford of George Washington University.

Francomano is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture & United States' Universities, and of a Fulbright Fellowship.


  • PhD (2002) Columbia University, Spanish
  • Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2002) Columbia University,
  • MA (1996) Columbia University, Spanish
  • BA (1992) Oberlin College, Spanish and Philosophy


  • Catalan (read)
  • French, Middle (ca. 1400-1600) (read)
  • French, Old (ca. 842-1400) (read)
  • Italian (read)
  • Latin (read)
  • Provençal (to 1500) (read)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)