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Cary S. Howie

Associate Professor of Romance Studies

Klarman Hall, Room K111


Cary Howie is Associate Professor of Romance Studies. Raised in Danville, Illinois, and Brunswick, Georgia, Cary received his B.A. in Literature from Bard College (1997) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University (1999, 2003). He is the author of Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (Palgrave 2007) and, with Bill Burgwinkle, Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge (Manchester 2010 / Palgrave 2011). He has also edited a special issue of L’Esprit Créateur on sanctity (Spring 2010).

Cary is fascinated by bodies, by questions of style, and by the ways in which sexuality and the sacred are porous to one another. His interests tend to gravitate toward French and Italian medieval literature, contemporary American lyric poetry, Christian theology, and queer studies.


  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program
  • Religious Studies Program
  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Romance Studies


  • Four Literary Theologians
  • History of the Grotesque
  • Introduction to LGBT Studies
  • Medieval Francophone Literature
  • Mystics and Mystique
  • Poems of Force: Medieval Epic
  • Queer Fiction
  • Sex In French



  • "Rude Theory: The Rough Trade of the Fabliaux," in Comic Provocations, ed. Holly A. Crocker (Palgrave, forthcoming).
  • Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (Palgrave, forthcoming).
  • "As the Saint Turns: Hagiography at the Threshold of the Visible," Exemplaria 17.2 (Fall 2005).
  • "Vision Beyond Measure: The Threshold of Iacopone's Bedroom," in Troubled Vision, ed. Emma Campbell and Robert Mills (Palgrave 2004).