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Simone Pinet

Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies

Klarman Hall, Room 268


Simone Pinet (Ph.D. 2002 Harvard University, A.M. 1998 Harvard University, B.A. 1996 UNAM) is Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies.  In 2010 she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct archival research and writing of a part of the book on the Libro de Alexandre and mester de clerecía that delves into cartographic culture and the rhetorical engagement with visual maps and geographic discourse in twelfth- and thirteenth-century learned vernacular literatures in Iberia.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in medieval and renaissance Spanish literature and culture; the approach in these courses tends to be interdisciplinary, addressing literary cultures, theories of space, poetics, books of chivalry and prose fiction in general, theories of fiction, cartography, and critical theory.  Her work is currently featured on the website of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in an article entitled “Where Did the Language of Money Come From?”


  • Religious Studies Program
  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Medieval Studies
  • Romance Studies


  • Medieval Iberian literatures and cultures
  • Medieval and renaissance cartography
  • Mester de clerecía
  • Books of chivalry and the modern novel
  • Medieval and renaissance fiction
  • Art/literature interactions
  • Rhetoric, historiography, poetics
  • Critical theory




  • The Task of the Cleric: Cartography, Translation, and Economics in Thirteenth-Century Iberia (University of Toronto Press, 2016)
  • Archipelagoes: Insularity and Fiction in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).
  • Courting the Alhambra: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to the Hall of Justice, coedited with Cynthia Robinson (Brill: Leiden, 2009).
  • El baladro del sabio Merlín: Notas para la historia y caracterización del personaje en España. México: JGH, 1997. Bibliotheca Litterarum Humaniorum, Krinein, no. 2.

Selected Chapters and Articles:

  • “The Chivalric Romance in the Sixteenth Century.” In A History of the Spanish Novel. Ed. J.G. Ardila. London: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “Between the Seas: Apolonio and Alexander.” In In and Of the Mediterranean. Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies, edited by Michelle M. Hamilton and Nuria Silleras-Fernández, Vanderbilt University Press, 2014.
  • “Los tapices de la Historia de Amadís de Gaula,” in Amadís de Gaula: 1508 (quinientos años de libros de caballerías), Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional de España/Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, 2008 [October 9, 2008-January 19, 2009], 403-405.
  • “Literature and Cartography in Spain: Etymologies and Conjectures,” in The History of Cartography: The Renaissance, vol. 3, part I. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007, 469-476.
  • “Where One Stands: Shipwrecks, Perspective, and Chivalric Fiction,” special issue of e-Humanista 16 (2010): 381-394.
  • “Towards a Political Economy of the Libro de Alexandre,” in Theories of Medieval Iberia, special issue of diacritics 36.3 (Fall 2006): 44-63.
  • “Para leer el espacio en el Poema de Mio Cid: breviario teórico,” La corónica, Vol. 33.2 (Spring 2005): 195-208.
  • “On the Subject of Fiction: Islands and The Emergence of The Novel,” in Robert A. Davidson and Joan Ramon Resina, eds., New Coordinates: Spatial Mappings, National Trajectories, special issue of diacritics, 33.3-4 (2003): 173-187.