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Marilyn Migiel

Professor of Romance Studies; Senior Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities

Klarman Hall, Room K109


Marilyn Migiel received her A.B. in Medieval Studies (as an independent major) from Cornell University in 1975 and her Ph.D. in Italian Language and Literature from Yale University in 1981. While she teaches and works on a wide array of texts and authors from the Middle Ages to the present day, she is known primarily for her feminist readings of medieval and Renaissance Italian literature. Her best-known publication is A Rhetoric of the "Decameron," which received the MLA's 2004 Howard R. Marraro Prize for outstanding scholarship in Italian. Her work in progress includes a book-length study dealing with the moral and ethical dimension of the Decameron, a translation of selected novellas of the Decameron, and a translation of selected novellas of Matteo Bandello. She is currently President of the American Boccaccio Association and looking forward to the celebration, in 2013, of the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth.


  • Jewish Studies Program
  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Romance Studies


  • Italian literature and culture (especially 1200-1600)
  • Feminist criticism
  • Critical pedagogy