The Amherst College Department of French is pleased to present a talk by special guest lecturer Heidi Brevik-Zender titled "Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)". The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be given in English. It is sponsored by the Amherst College French department, the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.
Heidi Brevik-Zender is associate professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests are in French literature and culture of the 19th century, with an emphasis on fashion, gender, architecture, urban space and issues of modernity. She also works on visual media and material culture, with publications on film, television and 19th-century fashion plates and photographs. She is the author of Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and the editor of the anthology Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France from Rousseau to Art Deco (SUNY Press, 2018). Professor Brevik-Zender has written numerous scholarly articles on fashion, feminism and 19th-century French literature, and she was a 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.