Comparative Literature Luncheon series presents talk by Elizabeth Franklin Lewis

February 16, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, professor of Spanish at University of Mary Washington, will present “Amor caduco: Love, Aging, and Women Writers in the Spanish Enlightenment” in Room 102 of the Kern Building at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Franklin Lewis' research specialty is 18th- and early 19th-century Spanish peninsular literature with a focus on gender. Her book "Women Writers in the Spanish Eighteenth-Century: The Pursuit of Happiness" (Ashgate 2004), was one of the first monographs treating gender and Spanish 18th-century studies. An essay collection edited with Catherine Jaffe — "Eve’s Enlightenment: Women and Experience in Spain and Spanish America 1727-1839" (LSU Press, 2009) — is an interdisciplinary exploration of the question of women and Enlightenment experience in the Hispanic context. Recent articles include a chapter “Women and ‘Civic Motherhood’” in the forthcoming "A New History of Iberian Feminisms" (edited by Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson, University of Toronto Press); “Mapping Don Quixote’s Route: Spanish Cartography, English Travelers and National Pride” in "Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture" (2017); and “Hispano-Irish Women Writers of Spain’s Late Enlightenment Period” in "Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies" (Edited by Javier Muñoz-Basols, Laura Lonsdale, and Manuel Delgado, 2017). Her current projects include co-editing with Catherine Jaffe and Mónica Bolufer (Universitat de Valencia) the "Routledge Companion to Hispanic Enlightenment."

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – coffee and light lunch fare is provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.

Last Updated February 21, 2018