Katherine Brown

Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies


B.A., Wesleyan University

M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University

Research and Teaching Interests

Medieval literature and culture, language pedagogy


Katherine A. Brown is the author of Boccaccio’s Fabliaux (2014, reprinted in 2020) and several articles comparing the French and Italian traditions of the Middle Ages. She is also the editor of Dialogues on the "Decameron", a special issue of Quaderni d’Italianistica (2017). Her current research explores rhetoric and the use of metaphor in Old French literature.

Representative Publications

 “La Transgression sexuelle et la beauté monstrueuse dans l’Heptaméron,” in Littératures de théorie et la Renaissance française, eds. David LaGuardia and Todd Reeser. Paris: Classiques Garnier, (forthcoming in 2021).

“Praxis: The Location and Performance of Comedy,” in A Cultural History of Comedy in the Middle Ages, ed. Martha J. Bayless. The Cultural Histories Series. London: Bloomsbury, 2020: 61-80

Boccaccio’s Fabliaux: Medieval Short Stories and the Function of Reversal. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014. Reprint 2020.

“The Spirit Moves: Mobility and Saintliness in the Old French Vie de Saint Alexis,” French Studies 72.1 (2018).

Editor, Dialogues on the “Decameron.” A special issue of Quaderni d’Italianistica 38.2 (2017) 
















Email: kbrown29@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-6639
Office: 313 Decio faculty Hall
Office Hours: By appointment only