PhD Student in French

Monika Edinger


M.A. in French Literature from the University of British Columbia (UBC), 2010.
B.A. in Romance Studies (Honors Program) from UBC in 2009.


Studies of Romance Languages with focus on French and Spanish

  • Multilingual romance lyric of the troubadours and other secular writers of the 12th through 16th centuries
  • Medieval and Early Modern literature
  • Genre of the nouvelles in Renaissance and Early Modern literature
  • Humour Studies (Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron, Joris-Karl Huysman’s À Rebours, Jean de La Fontaine Fables, among others)

Doctoral Thesis: Discourses of Seduction

My thesis investigates the representation of various aspects of dissimulation (secrecy, lies, half-truths, etc.) in the speech of seducers in French literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, focusing particularly on the works of Marguerite de Navarre and Madame Lafayette


Recipient of the Three Year SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC CGSD3) in 2010, and of the SSHRC CGS-Master Fellowship 2009-2010.


(Forthcoming) “L’Amitié, le secret et le rire chez Marguerite de Navarre : quelques réflexions sur l’Heptaméron”. (http://www.revue-textimage – Actes du colloque des 20, 21, 22 et 23 juin 2012 à l’Université de Victoria).

(Forthcoming) “The Interplay among the Four Classical Elements and their Representation in the Re-writings of Ovid’s Narcissus and Echo by Pierre de Ronsard and Pedro Calderón de la Barca”. (Conference Proceedings of the 40th Annual UBC Medieval Workshop, March 16-17, 2012, to be published by Brepols).


“The Mask of Laughter in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron”. Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, California, April 2013.”Reading Titles with a Difference: The Changing Voice in French and Spanish Renaissance Re-writings of Ovid’s Narcissus and Echo”. Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 2012.

“La Relation entre l’amitié et le rire dans l’Heptaméron de Marguerite de Navarre”. Topiques de l’amitié dans les littératures françaises d’Ancien Régime, 23-23 juin, 2012, Université de Victoria (UVic).

“Multilingual Textbooks in Third Language French?”. Multilingual Minds, Multilingual Hearts, Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS), UBC, April 2012.

“The voice from the distance: the interplay among the four classical elements and their representation in French and Spanish Renaissance re-writings of Ovid’s Narcissus and Echo”. 40th Annual UBC Medieval Workshop Specular Reflections: The Mirror in Medieval and Modern Culture, March 16-17, 2012.

Narciso y Eco: divagaciones de la mirada y de la voz”. The Labyrinths, Fourth bi-annual graduate conference, UBC, September 2011.

“Multilingual Romance Lyric in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance”. World Literature / Comparative Literature, American Comparative Literature Association, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, March 2011.

« La Représentation de l’amour et de la haine dans Les Egarements du cœur et de l’esprit : violent amour ou amour violent ? » The Turning Point: Crisis & Disaster, 17th Annual Charles J. Fraker Conference, University of Michigan, March 2010.

Weltliteratur in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance: Crossing Boundaries through Plurilingualism”. Interdisciplinary Conference on World Literature, University of Notre Dame (IN), March 2010.

« Le Sisyphe souriant chez Joris-Karl Huysmans ». Circulations, Third bi-annual graduate conference, UBC, October 2009.


Monika Edinger


  • French 101
  • French 102
  • French 111
  • French 112
  • French 122