Pauline Goul is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Studies at Cornell University. She earned her B.A. in French and English Literature from the Sorbonne. Her dissertation, “An Ecology of Waste: Literature and the Environment in Renaissance France”, analyzes the figures of excess, abundance, wasteland and vanity in the works of Rabelais, Montaigne, Thevet and d’Aubigné, as they formulate a critique of usefulness and represent an anxiety about expenditure between France and the New World. She also works on more contemporary environmental issues, such as hoarding and “zero waste”, for instance in Le Corbusier’s Radiant City.