Karen L Fresco

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Personal profile

Research Interests

  • Medieval French literature and culture
  • Manuscript studies
  • Romance and lyric
  • Gender studies

My current research addresses the ways in which late medieval manuscript anthologies organize, communicate, and circulate knowledge. I am particularly interested in the place of Christine de Pizan's works in these manuscripts and am drawn to the interdisciplinary collaboration that enhances this research.

I am also interested in the cultural construction of gender and female voices in manuscripts, and especially in romance an lyric.


Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington 1983

Honors & Awards

Palmes Academiques 2012

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Research Output

Le Bel Inconnu: ('Li Biaus Descouneüs'; 'The Fair Unknown')

de Bâgé, R. & Fresco, K. L. (ed.), Jun 27 2020, New York: Routledge. 438 p.

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingScholarly edition

  • Authority of Images / Images of Authority: Shaping Political and Cultural Identities in the Pre-Modern World

    Fresco, K. L. (ed.), Jun 20 2017, Medieval Institute Publications. 254 p. (Studies in Medieval Culture; vol. 53)

    Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Introduction

    Fresco, K. L., Jun 20 2017, Authority of Images / Images of Authority: Shaping Political and Cultural Identities in the Pre-Modern World. Fresco, K. L. (ed.). Medieval Institute Publications, p. xiii-xviii

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Translating the Middle Ages

    Fresco, K. L. (ed.) & Wright, C. D. (ed.), Dec 1 2012, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 222 p.

    Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Editorial activity

    International Congress on Medieval Studies

    Karen L Fresco (Organizer)

    May 1997

    Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    University of Illinois Press (Publisher)

    Karen L Fresco (Editorial board member)


    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Honors & Recognition

    Palmes Academiques

    Fresco, Karen L (Recipient), 2012