Christine McWebb

Director and principal researcher/Professor

Christine McWebbProfessor in the French Studies Department and a member of the MARGOT Research Group.

Teaching and research interests include medieval French literature and culture, with a focus on Christine de Pizan and the Roman de la rose; iconography and the relation between text and image; late medieval German literature; Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbruecken; science in literature; digital tool development.


Courses in language, cultural and literary studies, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, ranging from first year language courses to medieval French literature and culture; nineteenth-century literature.

The University of Waterloo doctoral programme in French was begun in Fall 2007.


Research activities include digital publishing of Medieval and Early Modern French and German texts; the Debate about the Roman de la rose; text and image in medieval literature and iconography; Christine de Pizan; Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbruecken; translations and critical editions of late medieval texts; science in literature.

With several international partners, we are currently working on developing a multirepresentational annotation tool for pictorial heavy digital databases. I am also writing my second monograph on the discourse and role of alchemy in Jean de Meun's Roman de la rose.


My service includes several selection committees at the departmental and faculty level, associate chair for graduate and undergraduate studies, studies abroad coordinator for the department, representation on senate, faculty executive committee, university appointment review committee, as well as serving on the editorial board of Orbis: A Journal for Medieval French (Johns Hopkins University, @nalyses. Revue de théorie et de critique littéraire (University of Ottawa), and Digital Studies.

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