Lindsay Fieger

Doctoral Student


I am a first-year PhD candidate in the University of Virginia’s French department. Focusing primarily on the 19th-21st centuries, my research concerns depictions of macabre spectacle at the Morgue, the fantastical and its portrayal in the visual landscape, aesthetic theory, feminist cinema/cinécriture, naturalism, decay/decadence, ecocriticism and women’s studies, specifically motherhood and the perversion of femininity. I use the theme of the “body”, whether it be a biological entity or a conceptual one, to organize a vast array of literatures around the same notional perspectives of birth, life, decay and death in French literature and visual art. While earning my Masters at Notre Dame, I conducted research on the likes of Emile Zola, Agnès Varda, Gustave Flaubert, with projects discussing precinematic qualities of the naturalist novel, transforming the decaying landscape into an activist’s playground in Les glaneurs et la glaneuse and the chaotic separation between one’s corporeal prison and the infiniteness of the divine voice haunting the decadent empire depicted in Hérodias.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in French, University of Virginia (in Progress)
  • Master of Arts in French and Francophone Studies, University of Notre Dame (Conferred May 2021)
  • Bachelor of Arts in French with Honors and Spanish, Florida State University (Conferred May 2019)

Honors and Awards:

  1. Nanovic Institute for European Studies Conference Presentation Grant
  2. Graduate Student Union Conference Presentation Grant
  3. Honor’s Medallion Recipient for the completion of an Honors Thesis: “In Search of Lost Meaning: Exploring Lexical Lacunæ in English Translations of Indiana
  4. Recipient of the Winthrop-King Undergraduate Summer 2018 Scholarship in French

Conference Presentations:

April 2022: 

“Stroboscopique, narcissique et pragmatique: Getting to the Root of Activism in Varda’s Les glaneurs et la glaneuse” (FIGS “Déracinement/Sradicamento” Graduate Conference at the University of Pennsylvania) 

March 2021:

“M-other Monster: Bestial Birth and Polemical Mothering in Gargantua and Les Tragiques” (Equinoxes 2020/2021 “Saisir l’intime” Graduate Conference at Brown University)

“M-other Monster: Bestial Birth and Polemical Mothering in Gargantua and Les Tragiques

(FIGS Graduate Conference at the University of Pennsylvania)

December 2020:

“Une violence chez elles: Rape and the Invasion of Female Space in Heptaméron 14 and 32” (Princeton University FIT “Sacrifices” Graduate Conference)

February 2020:

 “Gendered Representations of Gluttony in L’Assommoir” (University of Arizona 2nd Annual Graduate Conference in French)

Research Interests:

Late 19th century literature



Early visual arts

Macabre spectacles

Perversion of femininity


Literary spaces

Representations of the corpse in literature


Émile Zola