Dr. Anne Larsen

Retired Faculty
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Anne 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 returned to Hope 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.


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

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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:

Edited Collections

  • 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)

Current Scholarly Projects

  • 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”)
  • Co-editing with Colette Winn a special issue of L’Esprit Créateur, “Writing/Creating in the Feminine in Early Modern France” (forthcoming spring 2020)
  • “Marie Bruneau, Dame des Loges (c. 1584-1641): Politics, Religion, and the Honnête femme,” L’Esprit Créateur (spring 2020)
  • “Archival Networking: “Anna Maria van Schurman’s Archival Letters to French and English Women Scholars and Artists”
  • “Anna Maria van Schurman, André Rivet, and Religious Controversy”

Published in 2018

  • Bio-bibliographical essay on Anna Maria van Schurman (with Dr. Bo Karen Lee, Princeton Seminary), “Anna Maria van Schurman,” Oxford Bibliographies, ed. Margaret King (2018)
  • “Religious Alterity: Anna Maria van Schurman and Jean de Labadie,” French Forum special issue, “Altérité et différences à l’aube des temps modernes,” ed. Cynthia Skenazi and Colette H. Winn, 43.2, 2018
  • Review of Àngeles Sirvent Ramos, et al., eds., Femmes auteurs du dix-huitième siècle, Nouvelles approches critiques, in French Review, 91.3, 2018
  • Review of Martine van Elk, Early Modern Women’s Writing: Domesticity, Privacy, and the Public Sphere in England and the Dutch Republic, in Journal for British Studies, 57.2, 2018
  • Review of Sin and Salvation in Early Modern France: Three Women’s Stories, ed. Colette H. Winn, trans. Nicholas van Handel and Colette Winn, in Early Modern Women, 12.2, 2018
  • Review of Mercè Boixareu et al., ed., Figures féminines de l’histoire occidentale dans la littérature française, in French Review, 92.1, 2019
  • Review of Louise Bourgeois, Midwife to the Queen of France: Diverse Observations, trans. Stephanie O’Hara, ed. Alison Klairmont Lingo, in Early Modern Women, 13.1 2018
  • Review of Henriette de Coligny, comtesse de La Suze, Élégies, chansons et autres poésies, ed. Mariette Cuénin-Lieber, Renaissance Quarterly, 71.4, 2018

Published in 2017

  • Blog Entry: “Early Modern Women and Transnationalism: The Case of Anna Maria van Schurman,” Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Jamuary 2017
  • “SIEFAR Société Internationale pour l’Étude des Femmes de l’Ancien régime,” [International Society for the Study of Women of the Ancien Régime] website review, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11.2, 2017
  • "Marguerite de Navarre." In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception on Line (Brill), 2017, vol. 15: 765. https://www.degruyter.com/page/765. Forthcoming Hardback, vol. 17 (2018)

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

  • Board of Editorial Advisors, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2018–current)
  • Renaissance Society of America Mentoring Program (2017–current)
  • SSEMW Liaison for International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo (2017–current)
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