Cynthia Brown
Phelps 5325

Cynthia J. Brown, Distinguished Professor Emerita and Research Professor of French, specializes in late medieval and early Renaissance French literature and culture and the history of the book. She has published numerous books and articles on the Rhétoriqueurs poets, the influence of the transition from manuscript to print on late medieval and early modern literary culture, and female patronage in 15th- and early 16th-century France. Patrons, Poets and Printers: Crisis of Authority in Late Medieval France (Cornell University Press, 1995) was awarded the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies in 1996. Publications on the cultural contributions of Queen Anne of Brittany include an edited volume, The Cultural and Political Legacy of Anne de Bretagne: Negotiating Convention in Books and Documents (D. S. Brewer, 2010) and a monograph, The Queen's Library: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany, 1477-1514 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). With Anne-Marie Legaré, Brown co-edited Women, Art and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Brepols Publications, 2015). A special two-volume issue of Le Moyen Français (Volumes 81-82) that she edited, titled Manuscript to Print, Print to Digital: Editions in Performance and Performance in Editions in Late Medieval and Renaissance France (1400-1550), appeared in 2018. Droz Publications issued Volume III of her multi-volume edition of the works of Pierre Gringore, Les Oeuvres moralisatrices (1499-1510), in 2020. In 2013, Brown was named Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government.