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Professor Anne R. Larsen

Lavern '39 and Betty DePree '41 Van Kley
Professor of French
Chair of the French Section

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 is now professor of French. She is a specialist of French Renaissance and seventeenth-century writings by women intellectuals, and has published reviews, articles, critical editions, translations, and co-edited collections of essays. She has been awarded two year-long fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, an NEH Summer Stipend, and several Travel Grants from NEH and the American Philosophical Society. She enjoys traveling, gourmet cooking, gardening, and classical/jazz/world music.

Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris, May 2013


201. French III

202. French IV

342. French Society

343. Contemporary France

441. Francophone Literature and Culture of Africa and the Americas

443. Early Modern French Studies

49. Studies in French Language and Literature


  • Research at the Library of the British Museum, London (July 1994)
  • Research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal (June 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002)
  • Research at the Bibliothèque Municipale of Poitiers, Aix, Avignon and Lyon (May-June 1991; Lyon: July 1996)
  • Research at The Hague (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) (2002)
  • Research at Paris libraries (2004)
  • Research at libraries in Leiden, Utrecht, Leeuwarden, and Paris (2012)
  • Research at libraries in Leiden, Utrecht, Leeuwarden, The Hague, Paris, and Geneva (2012, 2013)
  • Research at libraries in The Hague, and Paris (2014, 2015)


  • Beginning and Intermediate French (101,102,201,202)
  • French Grammar and Composition
  • French Conversation and Phonetics
  • French and Francophone Culture
  • Apprentice Teaching Internship
  • Introduction to French Literature: Poetry and Theater
  • Introduction to French Literature: Novel and Short Story
  • Introduction to the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Realism
  • Introduction to Contemporary French Literature
  • French Society: From the Revolution to the 21st Century
  • Contemporary France
  • Seminars (400 level):
  • French Civilization: Renaissance Society and Literature
  • The Development of the French Novel
  • French Renaissance Women Writers
  • The French Enlightenment
  • Writing Couples: French and Francophone Dramatists
  • The Contemporary French and Francophone Experience
  • Advanced French Stylistics
  • French Lyric Poetry
  • Seventeenth-Century French Literature
  • Francophone Literature and Culture of Africa and the Americas
  • Lettres de femmes, femmes de lettres: The Epistolary Genre
  • Tales of Passion (Héloïse and Abélard to Mme de Graffigny)


  • World Literature (English course paired with History course)
  • The Age of Revolutions (1789-1830) (Honors Seminar)
  • Images of the Modern Condition (Honors Seminar)
  • Introduction to Literary Theory (Team taught)
  • First Year Seminar: Out of Africa: Narratives on Vocation and Grace


Intermediate Language and Culture; Paris: Myth and Reality; French and Francophone Drama; Francophone literature: Algeria, West Africa, Caribbean; Literary Theory; Early Modern French Society; Writings by French Women Intellectuals.


French Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Women Writers; Epistolarity; Literary Theory; Translation; Poetic Theory.


'The Star of Utrecht’ Anna Maria van Schurman: The Educational Vision and Transnational Reception of a Savante

(Ed. and Trans. with Steve Maiullo)
Anna Maria van Schurman, Letters 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.’)

Many students have worked with me on my book manuscripts over the years and they have benefitted along with me from the generous support of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and several summer faculty / student collaborative Hope grants.
On my current book project on Anna Maria van Schurman, the renowned seventeenth-century Dutch linguist and scholar, the following students have assisted me: Caitlin Johnson, Brittany Adams, Kyle Williams, Gina Veltman, Olivia Husbands, Lauren Wade, Whitney Yoder, and Natalie Woodberry.

Many of my students have also presented their research papers for my courses at different venues.

In 2011, for instance,

  • Senior Julia Peterson presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) her paper written for my fall ’10 seminar on French and Francophone Dramatists
  • Mellon Scholar Julie Oosternick’s paper ‘Famous Women in Literature and Deed: Placing Caterina Sforza among Exemplary Women of the Italian Renaissance’ won the Dean’s Award for presentation at the Arts & Humanities Colloquium
  • Mellon Scholar Tessa Angell’s paper on Maria de Zayas was featured at the Celebration for Student Research (April)
  • Two Students who wrote research papers for me during my fall ’10 French seminar  were featured at the Celebration for Student Research (Abraham de La Rosa, Julia Peterson)

And in 2010, for instance,

  • Two of my students presented their research at the Tenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research: Amy Speelman on second generation Maghrebi immigrants in France and Christine Hostetler on Marguerite Duras’ Eden Cinema

Professor Anne Larsen’s Fall 2010 seminar on Contemporary French and Francophone Dramatists


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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. 67 pp.

Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. Les Oeuvres . A Critical Edition. Geneva: Droz. Textes littéraires français, 1993. 459 pp.

Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. Les Secondes Oeuvres . A Critical Edition. Geneva: Droz. Textes littéraires français, 1998. 418 pp. (1998 Edition Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)

Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. Les Missives . A Critical Edition. Geneva: Droz. Textes littéraires français, 1999. 450 pp.

Madeleine and Catherine des Roches. From Mother and Daughter: Poems, Dialogues, 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, 319 pp. (2006 Award for the Best Translation / Teaching Edition, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)

Anna Maria van Schurman, 'The Star of Utrecht': The Educational Vision and Reception of a Savante, Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, in the series "Women and Gender in the Early Modern World," March 2016


(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).
(Award: ‘Honorable Mention in the category of Best Collaborative Project published in 2009’ from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)


Principle consultant for the entry on Madeleine des Roches and Catherine des Roches. In Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. Ed. Lawrence Trudeau, vol. 206, 249-340. Gale, 2012.

Entries on Madeleine and Catherine des Roches, Marie de Cotteblanche. In Dictionnaire des créatrices. XVIe siècle. Ed. Daniel Martin. Paris : des femmes, 2009.

Entry on the Dames des Roches, in Sixteenth-Century French Writers for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 327 (2006) : 105-126.

Entries on Madeleine and Catherine des Roches (2004), Marie de Cotteblanche (2005). In Dictionnaire des femmes de l'Ancienne France. http.//siefar.org

Entries on Clément Marot, La Pléiade, Lazare de Baïf, François de Malherbe, Etienne de La Boétie, Madeleine and Catherine des Roches, Guy du Faur de Pibrac, Mellin de Saint-Gelais, Joachim du Bellay. In Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Ed. Paul Grendler. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1999.

"Madeleine and Catherine des Roches," "Marie de Cotteblanche", "Renaissance Women and the Bible,". In The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature. Ed. Eva Sartori. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1999. 54-5; 129-30; 470-72.

"Les Dames des Roches," "Marie de Romieu," "Nicole Estienne, Dame Liébault". In An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Ed. Katharina Wilson. New York: Garland Press, 1991.


“Teaching Renaissance Women’s Influence on One Another: The Case of Catherine des Roches.” In Teaching French Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Colette H. Winn, 254-63. New York : Publications of the Modern Language Association, 2011.

"Journeying across Borders: Catherine des Roches's Catalog of Modern Women Intellectuals." In Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Women. Ed. Julie D. Campbell and Anne R. Larsen. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2009.

"Anne Marie de Schurman, Madeleine de Scudéry et les lettres sur la Pucelle." In Lectrices d’Ancien Régime. Ed. Isabelle Brouard-Arends. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003: 269-279.

"Un combat de plumes: la traduction des lettres d'Anne Marie de Schurman sur l'éducation féminine." In D'une écriture à l'autre. Les femmes et la traduction sous l'Ancien Régime. Ed. Jean-Philippe Beaulieu. Ottowa: Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottowa. "Collection Regards sur la Traduction." 2004: 139-153.

"The French Reception of Anna Maria van Schurman's Letters on Women's Education (1646)." In Women's Letters Across Europe 1400-1700: Form and Persuasion.. Ed. Jane Couchman and Ann Crabb. New York and London: Ashgate Press, 2005: 297-314.

"La correspondance de Louise de Bourges et de Gaspar de Saillans." In Lettres de femmes XVI e-XVII e siècle. Ed. Colette Winn and Elizabeth Goldsmith. Paris: Champion, 2005: 33-87.

"Catherine des Roches's Bergerie (1583)." In Women Writers in Pre-Revolutionary France: From Marie de France to Elizabeth Vigée-Le Brun. Ed. A. R. Larsen and C. H. Winn. New York: Garland, 2000: 151-169.

"La réflexivité dans les dialogues de Catherine des Roches," Paragraphes, Special Issue on Dans les miroirs de l'écriture. La réflexivité chez les femmes écrivains d'Ancien Régime, ed., J.-Ph. Beaulieu and D. Desrosiers-Bonin (1998): 61-71.

"Catherine des Roches, the Pastoral, and Salon Poetics." In Women Writers in Pre-Revolutionary France: Strategies of Emancipation. Ed. Colette H. Winn and Donna Kuizenga. New York, NY: Garland Publishers, 1997: 227-241.

"Marie de Cotteblanche: préfacière et traductrice de trois dialogues de Pierre Messie," Études Littéraires, a special issue on Ecrits de femmes à la Renaissance. Ed. Anne R. Larsen and Colette H. Winn, 27 (1994): 111-119.

"Chastity and the Mother-Daughter Bond: Odet de Turnèbe's Response to Catherine des Roches." In Renaissance Women Writers: French Texts/American Contexts. Ed. Anne R. Larsen and Colette H. Winn. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994: 172-188.

"The French Humanist Scholars: Les Dames des Roches". In Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Katharina Wilson. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1987: 232-259.


Twenty articles in Early Modern Women, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, Allegorica, The Sixteenth Century Journal, Symposium, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, L'Esprit créateur

"A Women's Republic of Letters: Anna Maria van Schurman. Marie de Gournay, and Female Representation in Relation to the Public Sphere," Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 3 (2008): 105-126.


Review of "Faith Beasley, ed.,Teaching Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Women Writers". View here.

Over sixty reviews in The French Review, Sixteenth Century Journal, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, Allegorica, L’Esprit Créateur, Renaissance Studies.


Over forty conference papers delivered at:
  • South Central Modern Language Association,
  • International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI),
  • GLCA Women’s Studies Conference,
  • Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference,
  • Renaissance Society of America Conference,
  • Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (SUNY),
  • Central Renaissance Conference,
  • Kentucky Foreign Language Conference,
  • Convention of the Modern Language Association,
  • Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters,
  • International Colloquia at Washington University, University of Virginia, Montreal (CA), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Rennes (France), Waterloo (CA).


  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • Société Française des Études du Seizième Siècle
  • Société International pour l’Etude des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime
  • (Executive committee member; US-Canada treasurer)
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Women in French
  • Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
  • Sixteenth Century Studies and Conference   


  • International Studies Advisory Board (2013 - )
  • Mellon Scholars Advisory Committee (2009- )
  • Teacher Education Council, Humanities Representative (2006-08)
  • Assessment Committee (2006-11)
  • Judicial Board (2002-2003)
  • Committee on Risk and Safety in Off-Campus Study (2002-)
  • Provost Search Committee (2001-02)
  • Status/Tenure Committee (2000-02)
  • Committee on Honorary Degrees and Citations, Secretary (1998-)
  • President's Advisory Committee (1992-96)
  • GLCA-ACM Newberry Library Fall Program Advisor (1988-90; 91-97)
  • Library Committee (1991-92)
  • Academic Affairs Board (1986-89)
  • Cultural Affairs Committee (1986-89); Chair (1987-89)
  • Women's Studies and Programs Committee (1986-89; 91-95); Chair (1993-94)
  • Campus Representative to GLCA Women's Studies Committee (1987-89)
  • French Section Chair (1988-90; 1992-1997; 1998-date)
  • French House Advisor (1989-90, 1991-1997)
  • Ad hoc Honors Program Committee (1987-88)
  • Arts and Humanities Colloquium Committee (1985-87)
  • Freshman Presidential Merit Scholars Faculty Sponsor (1985-86)


French Consultant for the web site bibliography, Early Modern Women (1400-1700): A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography, Companion to the Series The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe http://www.othervoiceineme.com/othervoicebib.html 2007-09.

Executive Council member of the Society for Study of Early Modern Women (2015-17)
Referee and Editorial Board Member, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.



Professor Anne R. Larsen