Elizabeth Hornbeck

Elizabeth Hornbeck
Assistant Teaching Professor
302 Swallow Hall

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara


Focus Area

Modern Architecture, Asian Art, Film Studies

Research Description

I am an architectural historian specializing in modern French architecture at the 1925 Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts, Paris. In my dissertation, "Visions of Modernity: The Architectural Landscape of the 1925 Exposition of Decorative Arts, Paris," I examined the discourse of modern architecture as it governed the reception of various architectural styles and schools that all claimed to be "modern." In my research I continue to explore the relationship among avant-garde, Art Deco, and regionalist architecture at the exposition, and the impact of the architectural landscape on the historiography of modernism. I am also concerned with the relationship between architectural discourse and print media. I have developed and taught a number of Film Studies courses, including Architecture on Film, Artists' Lives on Film, Classical Hollywood Cinema, and Indian Cinema. I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Lives of the Artists on Film. I also teach a course entitled "The Harlem Renaissance in Art, Literature and Film," which is an interdisciplinary course with an emphasis on African-American visual culture in the interwar period. I am also interested in South Asian and Asian art, architecture, religion and film.


  • ARHA 1005: Topics: World's Fairs
  • ARHA 1105: World Architecture
  • ARHA 1230: Introduction to Asian Arts
  • ARHA 2720: The Harlem Renaissance in Art, Literature and Film (African-American Visual Culture)
  • ARHA 3780: Architecture on Film
  • ARHA 3785: Art and Artists on Film
  • ARHA 3750: Modern Art in Europe and the United States
  • ARHA 4005: Topics: World's Fairs as Systems of Knowledge
  • ARHA 4640/7640: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
  • ARHA 4740/7740: Modern Architecture

Selected Publications

  • “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Domestic Violence in The Shining.” Feminist Studies 42, no. 3 (2016): 689–719.
  • "The Shining's Overlook Hotel as Heterotopia," in Stephen King and Philosophy, ed. Jacob M. Held (Lanham, Maryland, and London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016),147–160.
  • Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, by Brooke Hodge,” Book Review, in Design and Culture, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2010):  247–249.
  • "Architecture in Vogue in 1925," in Reading, Writing, and Consuming Design, edited by David Raizman and Carma Gorman. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
  • "Architecture and Advertising," Journal of Architectural Education 53/1 (September 1999): 52-57.