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 cassone narratives and 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 Ino in Apollonio di Giovanni’s Early Renaissance Cassone Narratives,” Source, in print.

"Transforming Circe: Latin Influences on the Depiction of a Sorceress in Renaissance Cassone Narratives," Arts 12/3 (2023), doi:10.3390/arts12030105.

“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 2024 (current)

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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