Christine McWebb

Professor (currently Associate Vice President, Faculty Planning and Policy)


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Christine McWebb is a professor of French Medieval Literature and Digital Humanities and currently serves as the founding Associate Vice-President, Faculty Planning and Policy. Prior to her current leadership role, she was the director of the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business and held various other administrative roles, such as interim Associate Vice-President, International Operations at the University of Waterloo. Before joining the Department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo in 2003, she worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta (1999-2003).

Research Interests

My research interests sit at the intersection of late medieval literature/culture and the digital humanities, and I have published extensively in the areas of the interaction between text and iconography in medieval manuscripts, scientific discourse in literature, and Digital Humanities. As director and a researcher of the MARGOT project, I lead several international collaborative projects in the area of Digital Humanities, such as the development of image annotation software and the creation of enriched databases of medieval manuscripts. 


  • Media History and Analysis
  • History of the Book
  • Digital Cultures
  • French Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Women’s Writing
  • Christine de Pizan and the Roman de la rose
  • Medieval Iconography


  • PhD Western University – French Literature
  • MA Western University – French Literature
  • Hon. BA Western University – French 

Select Publications


  1. McWebb, C. Debating the Romance of the Rose: A Critical Anthology. New York: Routledge, 2007. Repr. in paperback, 2011.

Edited Books and Collections:

  1. McWebb, Christine, Lori Walters, Laurie Postlewaite, eds. Guest issue of Scholar & Feminist Online of the Barnard Center for Research on Women 15.1, 2018.
  2. McWebb, Christine and Lori Walters, eds. Guest issue of Digital Philology: A Journal for Medieval Cultures 5; title: Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age 2, 6.1, 2017.
  3. McWebb, Christine and Donald Bruce, eds. Texte: Revue de critique et de théorie littéraire. Epistémocritique. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 43/44: 2009.
  4. Poirier, Guy, C. McWebb, D. Russell, F. Paré, eds. Mélanges offerts à Hannah Fournier, Québec: PUL, 2008.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  1. McWebb, C. “The Debate about the Roman de la rose,” MLA Teaching Handbook on the Roman de la rose, 2023.
  2. McWebb, C. “The Afterlife of the Roman de la rose,” Dalhousie French Studies, 117 (2021) : 161-70.
  3. McWebb, C. “Christine de Pizan: A Literary Champion of Medieval Europe,” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, 2020.
  4. McWebb, C. “Knowledge Integration and Visuality Then and Now,” The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature and Culture. Eds. Jennifer E. Boyle and Helen J. Burgess. New York: Routledge, 2018 :147-58.
  5. McWebb, C. “Rhetoric as Science: Forms and Functions of Knowledge.” De Christine de Pizan à Hans-Robert Jauss. Médiévales. 63 (2017) : 530-39.
  6. McWebb, C. and Lori Walters. “Introduction.” Digital Philology: A Journal for Medieval Cultures 2, 6.1, 2017 : 1-14.
  7. McWebb, C. “Lady Nature in Word and Image in Jean de Meun's Roman de la Rose,” Digital Philology: A Journal for Medieval Cultures 2, 6.1, 2017 : 67-89.
  8. McWebb, C. (with Diane Jakacki). “Rose Tools: A Medieval Manuscript Text- Image Annotation Project,” in Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, eds. Brent Nelson, Melissa Terras, ACMRS, 2012 :313-34.