Dr. Anne Larsen

Retired Faculty
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Anne Larsen grew up overseas. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she moved at the age of seven to Paris, where she lived for 10 years. She studied at a French primary school, at the Lycée de Sèvres and finally at Clarendon School in North Wales. After teaching over a decade at Colgate University and the University of Tulsa, she returned to Hope, where she is now professor of French. 


Anne's field of research includes the literary writings and the intellectual history, biography and education of European Renaissance and 17th-century women, particularly in France. 


  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., French and Spanish, Hope College


Anne has published critical editions of the complete works in three volumes of the mother-daughter team Madeleine (ca.1520–87) and Catherine (1542–87) des Roches and translated their writings; has completed an intellectual biography of Anna Maria van Schurman (1607–78), a Dutch Golden Age scholar who knew fifteen languages; and is currently co-translating and editing Van Schurman's manuscript Latin and French letters and poems. 

Over the years Anne has worked with a number of her students in collaborative research on co-edited collections of essays. She has been awarded two year-long fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an NEH Summer Stipend and several summer Travel Grants from the NEH and the American Philosophical Society. 


  • Anna Maria van Schurman, ‘The Star of Utrecht’: The Educational Vision and Reception of a Savante (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World), Ashgate, forthcoming 2016
  • Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters, Ashgate, 2009 (award for Best Collaborative Work from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women: Honorary Mention)
  • From Mother and Daughter: Poems, Dialogues, and Letters of Les Dames des Roches. With Critical Introductions and Translation, The University of Chicago Press, 2006 (award for Best Translation/Teaching Edition from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)
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Dr. Anne Larsen

Phone Number616.395.7561

Martha Miller Center -Room 222 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3615
Retired Faculty