Owen Heathcote is Senior Research Fellow in Modern French Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. He researches the relations between violence, gender and representation in French literature from the nineteenth century to the present, and has published many articles and chapters on such authors as Honoré de Balzac, Marie Cardinal, Anne Garréta, Marguerite Duras, Hervé Guibert, Éric Jourdan, Jeanne Hyvrard and Monique Wittig. He is the author of Balzac and Violence. Representing History, Space, Sexuality and Death in “La Comédie humaine” (2009) and From Bad Boys to New Men? Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Work of Éric Jourdan (2014). In 2016 he co-edited a special issue of the electronic journal Fixxion on ‘Homosexualités et fictions en France de 1981 à nos jours’ and, in 2017, co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Balzac. His current research focuses on the relation between gender and violence in women’s writing, with particular reference to the work of Chantal Chawaf. In 2008 he was appointed a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Government.