Nigel Lezama

Assistant Professor

905 688 5550 x5688
Office: MCA 214
nlezama@brocku.ca

Ph.D. University of Toronto (Études françaises)
M.A.  University of Western Ontario (Études françaises)
B.A.   University of Western Ontario (Études françaises)

I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto in Études françaises in 2012. My thesis was a study of fashion and luxury in high and low literature in mid-19th-century France. Since starting at Brock in Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures in 2014, my research has focused on critical fashion and luxury studies. I have a number of published, scholarly and peer-reviewed work on the dandy in the 19th century; fin-de-siècle drag;The Walking Dead, Hannibal, and fashion’s lumpenproletariat; and a number of pieces on luxury and hip-hop culture.

My teaching experience includes courses on consumer society, critical luxury studies, Bourdieu and the forms of capital, and 19th-century French literature, culture and language.

As a public speaker, I have presented research locally and internationally on the history of luxury, fashion history, literary studies, fashion on film and co-organized, in 2017, the first, international, 4-day conference, Nouveau Reach.Canadian Critical Luxury Studies.

“The Nineteenth-Century Dandy’s Subversive Vestimentary Practices”, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty: Fashion and Masquerade, Vol. 3 No. 1-2, December 2012.

“Le luxe de l’exagération et l’exagération du luxe dans Monsieur Vénus de Rachilde”. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, le 24 au 26 octobre 2013.

“La mise en discours du corps pauvre : une lumière sur le corps du pouvoir”. Colloque “ Corps et représentations : une liaison dangereuse ?”, Laboratoire Junior, Corps : méthodes, discours et représentation, École normale supérieure, Lyon, France, du 16 au 19 octobre 2013.

“Eugène Sue’s Les Mystères de Paris: a nineteenth-century socio-political hypertext”. Northeastern Modern Languages Association Annual Convention 2012, Tufts University, Boston, MA, du 21 au 24 mars 2013.

“L’allégorie suélienne : une nouvelle approche au feuilleton”. CONVERGENCES XIXe, Universitý of Guelph, ON, le 13 octobre 2012.

“La philanthropie ambivalente : sa mise en scène chez Sue et Baudelaire”. CONVERGENCES XIXe, Universitý of Guelph, ON, le 16 avril 2012.

“The Dandy’s Subversive Practices in Mid-19th-Century France: Eugène Sue’s Vicomte de Saint-Remy”. Northeastern Modern Languages Association Annual Convention 2011, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, du 7 au 10 avril 2011.