Lori Walters



The Harry F. Williams Professor of French
Lori J. Walters  (Ph.D. Princeton) specializes in medieval and early modern literature.  Her publications center on the writers Chrétien de Troyes and Christine de Pizan and on the allegorical Romance of the Rose.  Dr. Walters’s research typically combines close analysis of texts and examination of their manuscript context. She contributed to the establishment of the History of Text Technologies Research Cluster (HOTT https://hott.fsu.edu ), an integral part of the FSU Pathways to Excellence initiative.

Research Interest

Medieval and Renaissance literature
Women’s studies
digital humanities

Courses Taught

The Female Public Intellectual
Christine de Pizan and her Books
Contemporary Female Novelists and Sexuality
Portraying Women in Pre-Revolutionary France

Awards & Fellowships

Dr. Walters has been awarded several prestigious research grants.  She was the recipient of a 1993 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for work on the Romance of the Rose.  In 2017 she has the unusual honor of holding fellowships from both the NEH and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her project, described on the ACLS website, at http://www.acls.org/research/aclsfellows.aspx?id=936, studies the significance of Christine de Pizan’s supervision of her own exceptionally prolific scriptorium, which produced 54 manuscripts devoted exclusively to her own texts.

Selected Publications

Dr. Walters is involved in several digital initiatives. Her summary of the Romance of the Rose appears on the site maintained by Johns Hopkins University. http://romandelarose.org/#rose. She is currently collaborating on a project to digitize all the manuscripts of Christine de Pizan. 

In 2012 Dr. Walters was named to the editorial board of Digital Philology, a journal published online and in hard copy by the Johns Hopkins University Press. https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/digital_philology/.  She is the co-editor of a  DPH special issue, Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age II: Christine de Pizan and the Roman de la Rose (Spring 2017) http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/36554 to which she contributed a two-part essay, “Remembering Christine de Pizan in Paris, BnF, MS fr. 24392, A Manuscript Owned by Anne de France, Duchess of Bourbon.” Dr. Walters’s piece is followed by two appendices, one the work of Molly O’Brien, a former FSU MA student who is pursuing a doctoral degree at Princeton University.

Another of Dr. Walters’s former students, Keith Kopka, also recently published a piece that began its life in one of her graduate seminars. To top that off, Keith’s essay was chosen as the recipient of the International Award for Excellence from the Books, Publishing and Libraries Network! Follow this link to read about Keith’s essay: http://booksandpublishing.com/journal/awards/. Keith is currently the Managing Direction of FSU’s Creative Writing Program.


Recent Invited Lectures

  • April, 2018. “Jean Gerson and Christine de Pizan as Public Intellectuals.” International Conference on Jean Gerson, The University of Montpellier (France).
  • July 24, 2016, “Jeux à vendre: Poetic and Amorous Games in Christine de Pizan’s Queen’s Manuscript.” Plenary presentation. The XVth International Courtly Literature Society Meeting, The University of Kentucky, Lexington.
  • October 31, 2015, “Charles d’Orléans after Agincourt: Alone am y, Christine de Pizan, and the Canon.” Prosecuting War in the Long Fourteenth Century, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
  • July 8, 2015, “Christine de Pizan’s Queen’s Manuscript as a Monument to Peace.”  Plenary presentation. The IXth International Christine de Pizan Society Conference, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. 
  • January 18, 2013. (In French). The representation of the author figure (Jean de Meun) in two illustrated fifteenth-century manuscripts of the Romance of the Rose, conference on L’Art d’aimer au Moyen Age: Le Roman de la Rose at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Site Mitterand).  


Dissertations directed by Dr. Walters, and placement of her students:

  • "Douce chose est que mariage: Exempla and Advice in the Works of Christine de Pizan."  Anne Marie West, Director, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, Florida State University, 2009-2012.
  • "Parody and Renewal in the Vengeance Raguidel." Geert Steven Pallemans, Tenured Professor and Chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
  • "The Chastoiement and the Decameron: Rhetorical Examples of Vernacularization." Marco David Roman, Tenured Full Professor, Languages Department, The University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma.
  • "La Communauté des Femmes dans Le Livre des Trois Vertus de Christine de Pizan." Xiangyun Zhang, Full Professor, Foreign Languages Department, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia.
  •  "Le Cuer d'Amours Espris de René d'Anjou comme réécriture du Roman de la Rose et de La Queste del Sang Graal: De la quête d'amour à une redéfinition du moi." Olivia Marancy-Ferrer, Ph.D., Adjunct, Florida Atlantic University.
  • Another former student, Levilson Reis, Associate Professor and Chair, Otterbein University, who completed a dissertation on Clarice Lispector, publishes widely on French medieval literature.  http://www.otterbein.edu/public/About/Faculty/LevilsonReis.aspx
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