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Dr. Lori J. Walters (Ph.D. Princeton) specializes in medieval literature. She is the author of over 70 publications, which deal with three main subjects: Christine de Pizan, Medieval Romance, and the allegorical Romance of the Rose.
Dr. Walters’ research typically combines close textual analysis with a consideration of the text’s manuscript context. She obtained a background in paleography and codicology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Her current projects often take her back to the Salle des manuscrits of the Bibliothèque nationale where she did the research for her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Walters contributed to the establishment of the History of Text Technologies Research Cluster (HOTT) that is part of the FSU Pathways to Excellence initiative. Information on HOTT can be found at this site
Dr. Walters has recently been named to the editorial board of Digital Philology, a journal published online and in hard copy by the Johns Hopkins University Press. She contributed to an article in the inaugural issue of the journal. (Lori J. Walters Florida State University “The Foot on Which He Limps ”)
Dr. Walters collaborates on several digital projects. Her summary of the Romance of the Rose appears on the site maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
She is currently collaborating on a project to digitize all the manuscripts of Christine de Pizan (over 140 copies), which will be linked to the site dedicated to Christine’s masterpiece, the “Queen’s Manuscript.” Three documents about the manuscript, authored by Dr Walters, appear on the site:
“Signatures and Anagrams in the Queen's Manuscript (London, British Library, Harley MS 4431)” http://www.pizan.lib.ed.ac.uk/waltersanagrams.html
“Depictions of Books and Parchment Sheets in the Queen’s MS (London, British Library, Harley MS 4431)” http://www.pizan.lib.ed.ac.uk/waltersbooksandletters.rtf
“Christine de Pizan's Prologue adreçant a la royne: Translations into Modern French and English” http://www.pizan.lib.ed.ac.uk/Translations of Prologue.rtf
On January 18, 2013, Dr Walters gave an invited lecture at the conference on L’Art d’aimer au Moyen Age: Le Roman de la Rose at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Site Mitterand) on the representation of the author figure (Jean de Meun) in two illustrated fifteenth-century manuscripts of the Romance of the Rose.
Professor Walters speaks about her research
Professor Walters speaks about the Ph.D. program in French:
Medieval seminars taught at FSU:
Dissertations directed by Dr. Walters, and placement of her students: