Dr Caroline Verdier



Personal statement

I joined the Department of Modern Languages at Strathclyde in 2001 after graduating in from the Université de Picardie Jules Verne where I gained a Masters in English language, literature and culture. I hold a PhD in French Studies (University of Strathclyde 2012) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies (University of Strathclyde 2014).

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Has expertise in:

    • Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
    • Belgian literature and culture
    • Contemporary Women's Writing
    • Writing Illness and the Body
    • Gender and Cultural Identity
    • Feminism in France and Belgium

    I welcome postgraduate applications in any of these areas

    I currently supervise the following students and projects:


    - Francesca Masciullo - AHRC-funded MRes: 'Denied and Disowned Motherhood in the works of Dacia Maraini and Annie Ernaux'


    - Hanane Benchama – PhD: Examination between Victimhood and Resistance: Algerian Women in the Literature and Film of The Black Decade


    - Emma Flynn - PhD: Comparative analysis of the representation of sexual violence and primarily, its relationship to survival and death in French and English women's literature









Prizes and awards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Honorary Fellow - Centre de recherches francophones belges - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

More prizes and awards


Les entre-deux d'Elisa Brune
Verdier Caroline
Écritures de femmes en Belgique francophone après 1945 (2019) (2019)
War trauma among Belgian refugee women in Scotland in the First World War
Jenkinson Jacqueline, Verdier Caroline
Women's History Review Vol 28, pp. 1057-1077 (2019)
Centres et périphéries : mouvements géographiques et identitaires dans Antéchrista d’Amélie Nothomb
Verdier Caroline
Identité, Mémoire, Lieux Le passé, le présent et l’avenir d’Amélie Nothomb (2018) (2018)
Delphine de Vigan's pathographies : writing as a response to trauma and illness
Verdier Caroline
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies Vol 2, pp. 87-109 (2018)
Narrating gender and trauma : an introduction
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz, Verdier Caroline
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies Vol 5, pp. 1-5 (2016)
Toutes ensemble? Femmes et société : intégration et marginalisation
Hugueny-Léger Elise, Verdier Caroline
Modern and Contemporary France Vol 23, pp. 431-433 (2015)

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I am the class co-ordinator for the Honours Written and Spoken Language classes (R1509 & R1510), for the option 'Writing the Body in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature' (R1411) and for the French Dissertation (R1498).

I currently teach the following Language and Cultural classes at undergraduate level:

R1215 French Culture and History 2 

R1315 French Culture and History 3

R1411 Writing the Body in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature

R1498 French Dissertation

R1509 French Honours Spoken Language

R1510 French Honours Written Language

I supervise undergraduate dissertations on a variety of topics linked to my research and teaching interests.

I have been nominated for Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards every year since 2011; I was shortlisted for the 'Most Supportive Teacher' Award in 2017 and for 'Best in HaSS', 'Most Innovative' and 'Best Overall Teacher' Awards in 2018.


Research interests


My main research interest is in the field of Belgian and Francophone literature and culture with a particular focus on contemporary women’s writing. I am also interested in issues surrounding cultural identities in Francophone countries and currently works on contemporary Francophone illness narratives in relation to trauma and gender.


 I have recently been looking into the lives of Belgian refugees in the West of Scotland during World War 1 and, in particular, into women’s health during their time in exile from Belgium. Throughout 2017 and 2018, in collaboration with Dr Jacqueline Jenkinson (University of Stirling), I co-organised a series of workshops and events arising from a Royal Society of Edinburgh collaborative workshops award on the subject: Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War. More on the project and the series of events can be found at https://stirlingcentrescottishstudies.wordpress.com.


In March 2016, at the University of Strathclyde, I co-organised an international conference entitled Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust.


I am a member of The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) research groups at the University of Strathclyde, and I am also an Honorary Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh where I contribute to the activities of the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges. I am a member of the Association Européenne d’Etudes Francophones and of the Women in French in Scotland and Women in French networks.

Professional activities

Women in French UK - Biennial Conference 25-28 May 2023
Corps en marge et voix des corps
Fatima Daas
‘Pauvres petits Belges!’ – Les réfugiés belges de la Première Guerre mondiale en Ecosse
Earth Defenders under threat
Christophe Smets

More professional activities


Belgitude and Feminism: Intersection and Impact.
Verdier, Caroline (Principal Investigator)
This project focuses on the link between four Belgian women writers and the Belgitude movement. This movement of Belgitude meant to claim and stress the differences and specificities of Belgian culture, art and literature. It was primarily led by male writers (Pierre Mertens (1939- ), Marc Quaghebeur (1947- ) to name but a few) but interestingly, the female writers involved in exploring the meaning of Belgitude (Françoise Lalande (1941- ), Françoise Collin (1928-2012), Michèle Fabien (1945-1999), Nicole Malinconi (1946- )) were also either involved in the Belgian Feminist Movement or exploring feminist issues in their writings. This project seeks to explore why and how these women writers took part in both these movements in their own way – finding their own voices and paths - and the impact that this participation had in turn on their literary production.
06-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War
Verdier, Caroline (Co-investigator) Jenkinson, Jacqueline (Principal Investigator)
This series of workshops and events arises from a Royal Society of Edinburgh collaborative workshops award of £8,261.
This project intends to stimulate research on the timely subject of civilian war trauma via a case study of female Belgian refugees in Scotland 1914-18. ‘Shell shock’ during that conflict is overwhelmingly associated with male frontline soldiers. Few academic studies consider the impact of warfare on female well-being (Poynter, 2008, McEwen, 2006) particularly on the health of female civilians (Grayzel, 2014). Among Scotland’s c. 20,000 wartime Belgian refugees were dozens who applied for poor law assistance, a preliminary analysis of these by the PI indicated 40% of female and 25% of male Belgian refugee applicants were diagnosed as suffering ‘insanity’, yet they presented with symptoms of trauma. Project outcomes will be a co-authored article, and outlining plans for a digital research resource of Belgian refugee medical case histories combining a diffuse range of primary sources.
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Principal Investigator) Verdier, Caroline (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Academic) Verdier, Caroline (Academic)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2016

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