Dr. Anne R. LarsenRetired Faculty
Dr. Anne R. Larsen grew up overseas. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she moved to Paris at the age of seven where she lived for 10 years, studying 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 came to Hope College where she taught French from 1984 to 2016. She was awarded two year-long NEH Fellowships for College Teachers, and the first Endowed Lavern ’39 and Betty DePree ’41 Van Kley Chair in 2011.
Principal AREA OF INTEREST
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.
- Ph.D., Columbia University
- M.A., Columbia University
- B.A., French and Spanish, Hope College
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, Geneva: Droz, Textes littéraires français, 1993
- Madeleine and Catherine des Roches, Les Secondes Oeuvres, A Critical Edition, Geneva: Droz, Textes littéraires français, 1998 (awarded 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
- Madeleine and Catherine des Roches, 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)
Her most recent book is on Anna Maria van Schurman (1607–78), a Dutch Golden Age intellectual proficient in over a dozen languages:
- Anna Maria van Schurman, ‘The Star of Utrecht’: The Educational Vision and Reception of a Savante (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World), Routledge, 2016
- Renaissance Women Writers: French Texts/American Contexts, with Colette H. Winn, Wayne State University Press, 1994
- Women Writers in Pre-Revolutionary France: From Marie de France to Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun with Colette H. Winn, Garland Publishing, 2000
- Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance, with Carole Levine and Diana Robin, ABC-CLIO, 2007
(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)
- Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters, with Julie D. Campbell, in the Series “Women and Gender in the Early Modern World.” 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)
Anne Larsen has published articles and book chapters on Hélisenne de Crenne, Louise Labé, Marie de Romieu, Marie de Cotteblanche, Marie de Gournay, Marguerite de Navarre, Madeleine de Scudéry, Anne de Rohan, Dorothy Moore, Bathsua Makin and Anna Maria van Schurman.
Current Scholarly Projects
- “‘No one misses the Grotius in Grotius’: Anna Maria van Schurman, André Rivet, and Religious Controversy in the Dutch Golden Age”
- “‘Dieu se servit de Jeanne d’Arc’: The Textual Public Identity of Martine de Bertereau, Baronne de Beausoleil (ca. 1584–ca. 1645)
- “Salons, Network Patronage, and the Self-Representation of French Seventeenth-Century Women of Science”
- Co-editing and translating with Colette Winn, The Still and the Compass: Two Women Scientists of Early Modern France. Contracted with The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
- “My Friendship with Her is by no Means an Ordinary One”: The Female Friendship Alliances of Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678),” The Seventeenth Century, forthcoming 2021
- Anna Maria van Schurman, Letters and Poems to and from her Mentor and Other Members of her Circle. Edited and translated by Anne R. Larsen and Steve Maiullo. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series. Toronto: Iter Academic Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming spring 2021.
Published in 2020
- (With Colette H. Winn), “Writing/Creating in the Feminine in Early Modern France: Recent Initiatives to Uncover the Past,” Special Issue on Writing/Creating in the Feminine in Early Modern France, L’Esprit Créateur1 (2020): 1-8.
- “Marie Bruneau, Dame des Loges: Salon Conversation and the honnête femme,” L’Esprit Créateur, 60.1 (2020): 100-12.
- Review of Julie Candler Hayes, ed. and trans., Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Thiroux d’Arconville. Selected Philosophical, Scientific, and Autobiographical Writings, in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 14.2 (2020): 161-64
- (With Julie D. Campbell), “Early Modern Women’s Writing and French Secular Networks,” and “Early Modern Women’s Writing and English Secular Networks,” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing, forthcoming fall 2020.
Published in 2019
- Blog Post. “The Political Efficacy of Anna Maria van Schurman” Project Vox – Revealing Voices Blog Series http://projectvox.org/revealing-voices/revealing-voices-anne-larsen/
- Review of Mercè Boixareu, et al., eds., Figures féminines de l’histoire occidentale dans la littérature française, in The French Review, 92. 1 (2019): 260-61.
- Review of Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan and Jean-Claude Marie Vigueur, eds., Décapitées. Trois femmes dans l’Italie de la Renaissance, in Renaissance Quarterly, 3 (2019): 1057-59.
- Review of Siobhán Mcllvanney, Figurations of the Feminine in the Early French Women’s Press, 1758-1848, in French History3 (2019): 477-78.
Anne is also researching scientific women of the French Renaissance and the seventeenth-century.
- French: Native Speaker
- Latin: Intermediate Reading competency
- Spanish and Italian: Reading and Speaking competency
- Dutch: Reading competency
Selected Awards and Fellowships
- 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, January–December 2005
- 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
- NEH Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, January–December 1997
- Visiting Scholar, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University, January–December 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
- Advisory Board Member of Projectvox
- Board of Editorial Advisors, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (1988-current)
- Board of Editorial Advisors, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2018-current)
- Renaissance Society of America Mentoring Program (2017-current)