Simone Pinet

Fellow: Awarded 2010

Field of Study: Geography

Competition: Latin America & Caribbean


Simone Pinet was born in Mexico City, in Villa Coapa, but soon moved to Xochimilco. She spent her teenage years between Coyoacán and Desierto de los leones, and was trained in Hispanic languages and literatures at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (licenciatura, 1996) and received the Gabino Barreda Medal. She taught at the Centro Universitario de Teatro before coming to the United States, where she received her A.M. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) from Harvard University in the Department of Romance Languages and went on to teach as an Assistant Professor at Yale University in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and in the Directed Studies Program. She is currently Associate Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.

Her work on theories of space as seen in the Poem of the Cid was awarded the John K. Walsh award for best article in 2005 (La Corónica/Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association Division on Medieval Spanish Language and Literature), and she was the recipient of a Society for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2008-2009) to conduct research for her book project on clerical culture and rhetoric in the Libro de Alexandre, tentatively titled The Task of the Cleric.

She has published widely on medieval and early modern Spanish literature and culture. She is the author of Archipelagoes: Insular Fictions from Chivalric Romance to the Novel (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press), and of El baladro del sabio Merlín: Notas para la historia y caracterización del personaje en España (México: JGH, 1997); and co-editor of Courting The Alhambra: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to the Hall of Justice Ceilings (Brill: Leiden, 2008) and of Theories of Medieval Iberia, a special issue of diacritics (2006). She has lectured on medieval and renaissance cartography and literature, books of chivalry, insularity and fiction, theories of space, and mester de clerecía at numerous universities in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2010-11 she will conduct archival research and writing of a part of the book on the Libro de Alexandre and mester de clerecía that delves into cartographic culture and the rhetorical engagement with visual maps and geographic discourse in twelfth- and thirteenth-century learned vernacular literatures in Iberia.