In memory of
Sally Livingston

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature (Medieval French and Italian), 2011-2018


B.A., M.A., University of Manitoba
A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University


Sally Livingston received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 2008, returning to academia after a long career in investment management. Her dissertation was titled Owning Property, Being Property: Medieval and Modern Women Shape the Narratives of Marriage

She taught numerous courses at the intersection of literature, history, and economics at Hampshire College and Harvard, where she was Lecturer on History and Literature and on Comparative Literature. 

Her research interests included literature of the Medieval Latin, French, and Italian traditions, literary representations of love and marriage, women and property, new economic criticism, British women’s literature, and 19th century Russian literature. 

Her book, Marriage, Property, and Women’s Narratives, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2012.  At the time of her passing, she was almost done with her new book project, Subversive Narratives: Fairy Tales, Fables, and Frame Stories

In her spare time, she was an avid Red Sox fan and a curious watcher of reality television shows.

The Department of Comparative Literature will be ever grateful for her contributions to our academic community. She is very much missed.


Marriage, Property, and Women’s Narratives, Palgrave Macmillan, The New Middle Ages Series, 2012.


  • “Consider, I Beg You, What You Owe Me: Heloise and the Economics of Relationship” in Theresa Earenfight, ed., Women, Wealth, and Power in Medieval Europe (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2010), 51–65.
  • “The Economy of the Turnip: Contributions of the Rapularius to the Medieval Debate on Greed” in Cynthia Kosso and Anne Scott, ed., Poverty and Prosperity in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Brepols, 2012.
  • “Outrunning Atalanta: Feminine Destiny in Alchemical Transmutation” (with Joanna Hubbs), SIGNS6.2 (1980), 210–229. Reprinted in Sandra Harding and Jean F. O’Barr, ed., Sex and Scientific Inquiry (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), 79–98.


  • Emma Lipton, Affections of the Mind: The Politics of Sacramental Marriage in Late Medieval EnglandThe Sixteenth Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies 41.2 (2010), 655–656.
  • Liz Herbert McAvoy, Rhetoric of the Anchorhold: Space, Place and Body Within the Discourse of EnclosureMedieval Feminist Forum 45.2, 213–214.
  • Mia Korpiola, Between Betrothal and Bedding: Marriage Formation in Sweden 1200-1600The Sixteenth Century Journal, XLII.2, 497–498.
  • Diane Wolfthal, In and Out of the Marriage Bed: Seeing Sex in Renaissance Europe, forthcoming in Medieval Feminist Forum
  • Dyan Elliott, The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell, forthcoming in Medieval Feminist Forum

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