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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 the Subject Leader for French

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


Delphine de Vigan's pathographies : writing as a response to trauma and illness
Verdier Caroline
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies Vol 2, (2017)
Toutes ensemble? Femmes et société : intégration et marginalisation
Hugueny-Léger Elise , Verdier Caroline
Modern and Contemporary France Vol 23, pp. 431-433, (2015)
Introduction : Women, solidarity and solitude
Hugueny-Léger Elise , Verdier Caroline
Solitaires, SolidairesSolitaires, Solidaires, (2015)
Solitaires, Solidaires : Conflict and Confluence in Women's Writings in French
Hugueny-Léger Elise , Verdier Caroline
Centres et périphéries : mouvements géographiques et identitaires dans Antéchrista d’Amélie Nothomb
Verdier Caroline
Identity, Memory, PlaceIdentity, Memory, Place, (2014)
‘La famille est une horrible blague' : Familles en crise dans les romans d’Elisa Brune
Verdier Caroline
Australian Journal of French Studies Vol 51, pp. 88-99, (2014)

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I am the Subject Leader for French and the class co-ordinator for the Third year French Language course (R1305/R1306), for the Honours 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:

R1305/6 French Language 3a/3b

R1210 Dealing with Difference in France and the Francophone World

R1411 Writing the Body in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature

R1498 French Dissertation

R1505 French Honours Translation

R1502/3 French Honours Communicatif

R1506 French Studies 4 (Core Class)

I was nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 by my students.


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, in collaboration with Dr Jacqueline Jenkinson (University of Stirling), I am co-organising 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


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 Literature, Culture and Place and 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 she contributes 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

Imagining the Body in France and the Francophone World
Donner corps au texte : Ecriture et corps chez trois écrivaines francophones belges
Settlement, treatment and employment of French-speaking Belgian refugees in France, the Netherlands, England and Scotland
Mediating Emotion, Making Trauma: Doctors, Patients and the Construction of Shell-Shock in First World War Britain
Nottingham French Studies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
‘Overstepping the Boundaries / Transgresser les limites:21st‐Century Women’s Writing in French’

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Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War
Verdier, Caroline (Co-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.
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Academic) Verdier, Caroline (Academic)
Period 01-Nov-2013 - 01-Sep-2016

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