Cary Howie

Cary Howie

Associate Professor of Romance Studies; Associate Chair

csh34@cornell.educsh34 Office: MRL 323B Phone: email only

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.

Recent Courses

  • 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