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Heidi Brevik-Zenders

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Heidi Brevik-Zender

B.A. in French, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. in French Studies, Brown University

Heidi Brevik-Zender is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature and is director of the French Program at UCR. Her research interests are in French literature and culture of the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on connections among fashion, gender, urban space, and issues of modernity. She also works on visual media and material culture, with publications on film, television, and nineteenth-century fashion plates. She is a member of the Global 19th Group at U.C. Riverside and the U.C. Humanities Research Institute Working Group "(Re)fashioning the Humanities."


2011-2012 University Honors Faculty Mentor of the Year (one of two awarded annually)

Borchard Foundation Scholar in Residence, January – May 2013, Château de la Bretesche, Missillac, France



Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of Toronto Press, 2014). 

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Interstitial Narratives: Rethinking the Feminine Spaces of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century French Fashion Plates." Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 36.2 (2014): 91-123.

"Fashion and Fin-de-siècle Feminisms in Rachilde's La Jongleuse." The French Review 87.3 (2014): 131-144.

"Writing Fashion from Balzac to Mallarmé." Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. Ed. Gloria Groom. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 36-45. (Translated in French as "Ecrire la mode, de Balzac à Mallarmé" in L'Impressionnisme et la Mode. Trans. Alice Ertaud. Ed. Gloria Groom and Guy Cogeval. Paris: Musée d'Orsay/Skira-Flammarion, 2012.)

"'A place where we ache to go again': Fashion and Nostalgia in Mad Men." Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch: Thinking about Television's Mad Men. Eds. Jennifer C. Dunn, Jimmie Manning and Danielle Stern. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 27-43.

"Fashion and Fractured Flânerie in Guy de Maupassant's Bel-Ami." DIX-NEUF, Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes. 16.2 (2012): 224-242. 

"Undressing the Costume Drama: Catherine Breillat's Une vieille maîtresse." Adaptation. 5.2 (2012): 203-218. 

"Let Them Wear Manolos: Fashion, Walter Benjamin, and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette." Camera Obscura. 26.3 (2011): 1-33.

"Decadent Decors and Torturous Textiles: Fashion and Interior Design in the Fin-de-siècle Novels of Rachilde." Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity. Eds. Alla Myzelev and John Potvin. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010. 105-123.

"Tracking Fashions: Risking it all at the Hippodrome de Longchamp." The Spaces and Places of Fashion, 1800-2007. Ed. John Potvin, London: Routledge, 2008. 19-33.

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