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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 influential debate texts by Juan de Flores and Pere Torrellas, which makes key texts easily accessible to scholars and students working in Spanish and other disciplines. 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. Published in 2013 by Iter and the Center for Renaissance and Reformation studies, it won the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s Translation Prize in 2014. 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 projects include her book in progress Prisons of Love: Translation and The Matter of Romance in the Sixteenth Century and a study of somaesthetics in medieval narrative poetry.

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 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)