Joan M. Ferrante
Barnard BA, 1958, Columbia PhD, 1962. Faculty member of the department 1963-2006.
Field: Comparative Medieval Literature including Dante, Provençal Lyric, Allegory, Epic, Romance, Medieval Women; also taught Women, Religion, and Human Rights.
Books: Woman as Image in Medieval Literature (1975); To the Glory of her Sex: Women’s Roles in the Composition of Medieval Texts (1997); The Political Vision of the Divine Comedy (1984); The Conflict of Love and Honor: The Medieval Tristan Legend (1973). Translations: Guillaume d’Orange: Four Epics (1974); The Lais of Marie de France, with Robert W. Hanning (1978); The Romance of Thebes, with Robert W. Hanning (2018). Database of medieval women’s correspondence, Epistolae (https://epistolae.ctl.columbia.edu/).
Professional Service: [first woman] President of Dante Society of America (1985 -1991); President of Medieval Academy of America (2000-2001), Fellow since 1982; President of National Society of Phi Beta Kappa (1991-1994).