Marina S. Brownlee

Robert Schirmer Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature
Office Phone
342 East Pyne
Office Hours
Monday: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Also by appointment

  • Ph.D. from Princeton in Romance Languages
  • B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Smith College


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 and chaired both at Dartmouth College and at the University of Pennsylvania. The Medieval and Early Modern periods are my primary focus, and within them my interests include cultural and linguistic translation, curiosity and the encyclopedia, and representations of the senses.

My books are entitled: The Cultural Labyrinth of María de Zayas, The Severed Word: Ovid¹s ‘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 book on curiosity and modernity in Early Modern Spain.

I have edited the volume Cervantes’ ‘Persiles’ and the Travails of Romance with the University of Toronto Press, and a special issue of Duke University’s Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies entitled Intricate Alliances: Early Modern Spain and England. My editorial activity also includes the pleasure of co-editing four additional volumes with colleagues on a variety of Medieval and Early Modern topics. Most recently I have co-edited with Dimitri Gondicas Renaissance Encounters. Greek East and Latin West, which is a study of key interactions between Byzantium and the Western Middle Ages.