Dr. Margaret Franklin

Dr. Margaret Franklin

Associate Professor, Art History


Dr. Margaret Franklin


Margaret Franklin, PhD, University of Cambridge (2000), teaches Renaissance and Baroque art. Her interests lie in cross-disciplinary scholarship that seeks to elucidate the influence of ancient Greek and Roman texts on the social and political culture of Renaissance Italy. She authored Boccaccio's Heroines: Power and Virtue in Renaissance Society, which focuses on famous women in the art and literature of Renaissance Italy, and has published numerous articles on uomini famosi/donne illustri images.

Academic Interests

Courses Taught (titles are clickable to view sample syllabi, where available):

Recent Publications

Book Chapter:

“The Construction and Presentation of Heroes and Heroines,” in A Cultural History of Fame in the Renaissance, ed. Arnoud Vissar, vol. 3 of A Cultural History of Fame, gen. ed. P. David Marshall, 6 vols., Bloomsbury Academic, in press.


“Odysseus and the Cyclops: Constructing Fear in Renaissance Marriage Chest Paintings,” Humanities 7 (2018): 1-16.

“Silencing Female Reason in Boccaccio’s Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia,” Medieval Feminist Forum 52 (2016): 42-59.

“Imagining and Reimagining Gender: Boccaccio’s Teseida delle nozze d’Emilia and its Renaissance Visual Legacy,” in The Short Story and the Italian Pictorial Imagination from Boccaccio to Bandello and Beyond, ed. Patricia Emison, Humanities 5 (2016): 1-14.

“Virgil and the Femina Furens: Reading the Aeneid in Renaissance Cassone Paintings,” Vergilius 60 (2014): 127-44.

“Constructing Camilla as ‘Other’ in Renaissance Visual Narratives,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 39 (2013): 1-19.

“Boccaccio’s Amazons and Their Legacy in Renaissance Art: Confronting the Threat of Powerful Women,” Woman’s Art Journal 31 (2010): 13-20.

Current research:

Franklin’s current research interests include Homer's Nachleben in the culture and politics of Renaissance Society, with a focus on Renaissance painted narratives deriving from classical epic poetry. She is also editing a special edition volume, “Metamorphosis in the Arts,” for the online journal Arts

Courses taught by Dr. Margaret Franklin

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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