Pauline Goul specializes in early modern literature and environmental criticism. She is currently working on her first book, An Ecology of Waste, examining the emergence of early forms of anxiety in the human relationships to the environment in the French Renaissance. She explores the notion of waste as crucial to the construction of a notion of ecology in the early modern period. Bridging Renaissance France and modern ecological thought both in the Francophone world and in Anglophone productions, her work has been published in the Forum for Modern Languages Studies and in volumes like Global Garbage and French Ecocriticism. Last year, she published a volume entitled Early Modern Écologies, with Phillip John Usher (NYU), on the theoretical intersections between early modern French literature and ecocriticism.
She received her PhD in Romance Studies from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for Distinguished Teaching. She also holds a Maîtrise and double BA from the Université Paris 4-la Sorbonne in English Literature and Lettres Modernes. Before coming to GW, she taught at Vassar College for two years.