Joan Grenier-Winther, Ph.D.
Professor of French Language and Culture
Arts and Sciences
Foreign Languages and Cultures
Phone: (360) 546-9354
Fax: (360) 546-9038
Office: VCLS 208S
Office Hours: By appt
Joan Grenier-Winther came to Washington State University in 1991. Her research involves preparing critical editions of the lyric poetry of medieval French knights as found in late 14th, 15th and early 16th c. manuscripts located in France and around the world. Her edition of the poetry and correspondence of the 14th c. knight, Jean de Werchin, sénéchal de Hainaut, was published in Montreal by the Editions CERES (McGill University) in 1996. Her critical edition of the works of the 14th c. Savoyard knight, Oton de Granson, appears in the collection “Classiques français du Moyen Age” (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2010). Granson’s poetry about unrequited love was well known in his day by poets in Spain and in England, including Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower. Both Granson and Chaucer included the first references to love and Saint Valentine in their works, and from there, it is likely that the modern St. Valentine’s Day tradition was born.
She is currently working with Professor Peter Nicholson of the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, on an English translation of a selection of Granson’s poems. She is also developing a print and electronic, database-driven edition of the anonymous 14 -15th c. poem “La Belle dans qui eut mercy” [“The Beautiful Lady Who Had Mercy”]. Professor Grenier-Winther was a 2006 recipeint of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to support her development of these print and online editions of Middle French poetry; she has also received funding from the American Bibliographic Society, as well as from various WSU research and travel grants. Professor Grenier-Winther has extensive experience teaching all levels of French language, culture and literature.
- PhD University of Maryland, College Park
- M.A. George Washington University
- B.A. University of New Hampshire