Marina S. Brownlee

Robert Schirmer Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature
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On leave academic year 2020-2021


I received my B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Smith College and my Ph.D. from Princeton in Romance Languages. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2002 I taught at Dartmouth College and at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Medieval and Early Modern periods are my focus and within them my interests include representations of gender, cultural and linguistic translation, the senses, and curiosity. My books are entitled: The Cultural Labyrinth of María de Zayas, The Severed Word: Ovid’s ‘Heroides’ and the ‘Novela Sentimental’, The Status of the Reading Subject in the ‘Libro de Buen Amor’, and The Poetics of Literary Theory in Lope and Cervantes. Currently I am writing a monograph on curiosity and modernity in Early Modern Spain.

brownlee_cover_mock_up.jpgI have edited a special issue of Duke’s Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies entitled Intricate Alliances: Early Modern Spain and England. Forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press is my edited volume, Cervantes’ ‘Persiles’ and the Travails of Romance (spring, 2019).

My editorial activity includes co-editing four additional volumes on a variety of Medieval and Early Modern topics, and most recently I co-edited Renaissance Encounters. Greek East and Latin West (with Dimitri Gondicas)—a study of cultural interactions between Byzantium and the Western Middle Ages.

With a commitment to international collaboration, I organize annual workshops that bring colleagues together at Princeton to consider topics of mutual interest.