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Professor Anne R. Larsen

Professor Emerita of French (Fall 2016-)

Anne Larsen grew up overseas. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she moved to Paris at the age of seven where she lived for ten years, studying at a French primary school, at the Lycée de Sèvres, and finally at Clarendon School in North Wales. She earned her BA at Hope College in French and Spanish, and her MA and Ph.D. at Columbia University. After teaching over a decade at Colgate University and the University of Tulsa, she returned to Hope where she taught French from 1984 to 2016. She was awarded the first Endowed Lavern '39 and Betty DePree '41 Van Kley Chair in 2011.

Haarlem Market, 2016


Professor Larsen's main field of research is the literary writings and the intellectual history, biography, and education of European Renaissance and seventeenth-century women, particularly in France.


To see publications from Anne Larsen, click here.


Anne Larsen's first books are on a mother-daughter team in sixteenth-century Poitiers (France)
  • Hommage à Madeleine Neveu et Catherine Fradonnet, Dames des Roches de Poitiers, avec des textes d'E. Berriot-Salvadore et d'A. Larsen. La Rochelle: Rumeur des Ages, 1994
  • Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. Les Oeuvres. A Critical Edition. Droz. Textes littéraires français, 1993.
  • Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. Les Secondes Oeuvres. A Critical Edition. Droz. Textes littéraires français, 1998. (1998 Edition Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)
  • Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. Les Missives. A Critical Edition. Droz. Textes littéraires français, 1999.
  • Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. From Mother and Daughter: Poems, and Letters by Les Dames des Roches. A Bilingual Edition. Edited and translated by Anne R. Larsen. The Other Voice series. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006 (2006 Award for the Best Translation / Teaching Edition, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)
Her most recent book is on a Dutch Golden Age woman intellectual versed in fifteen languages:
She is currently co-editing and translating with Latinist colleague Steve Maiullo: Anna Maria van Schurman, Letters and Poems to her Mentor and Other Members of her Circle (Contract with The Toronto Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, in the series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe")

She is also currently researching scientific women in the French Renaissance and seventeenth-century.


  • (With Colette H. Winn) Renaissance Women Writers: French Texts/American Contexts. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994. 235 pp.
  • (With Colette H. Winn) Women Writers in Pre-Revolutionary France: From Marie de France to Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000. 592 pp.
  • (With Carole Levine and Diana Robin) Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, 2007, 459 pp. (Two Awards: Award for the best collaborative work published in 2007 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women: The 2008 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Best Reference from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference)
  • (With Julie D. Campbell) Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters. In the Series "Women and Gender in the Early Modern World." Aldershot: Ashgate (2009). https://www.routledge.com/products/9780754667384 (Award: 'Honorable Mention in the category of Best Collaborative Project published in 2009' from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)


  • French: Native Speaker
  • Latin: Intermediate Reading competency
  • Spanish and Italian: Reading and Speaking competency
  • Dutch: Reading competency


  • Lavern and Betty DePree Van Kley Endowed Chair
  • Hope College Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award (2014)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers (2005 Jan.- Dec.)
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA Sabbatical (Spring 2005)
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Notre Dame (Sabbatical) (Fall 2004)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant (2002-03)
  • NEH Institute on A Literature of Their Own? Women Writing: Venice, London, Paris 1550-1700. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001)
  • Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (Sabbatical Year) (1997-98)
  • NEH Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars (Jan - Dec 1997)
  • American Philosophical Society Travel Grants to Paris and The Hague (1995 and 2002)
  • NEH-sponsored Folger Institute Weekend Faculty Seminar on Contextualizing Writing by Early Modern Women (1995)

Current Service to the Profession
Sixteenth Century Studies and Conference Literature Prize Committee
Executive Committee Member, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Treasurer (U.S./CA) for S.I.E.F.A.R. (Société Internationale pour l'Etude des Femmes sous l'Ancien Régime)



Professor Anne R. Larsen