Professor of French
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
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). She is currently 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 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, and has taught one of the first purely online courses at WSU since 1996.She is now based on the WSU Vancouver campus.