Susan Hiner

Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies and Director of Victorian Studies on the John Guy Vassar Chair

Susan Hiner received her doctorate in French Literature from Columbia University after completing a double major in French and English at the University of Virginia.

BA, University of Virginia; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
At Vassar since 1998

Contact

845-437-5728
Chicago Hall
Box 147

Courses

FFS 232 The Modern Age
FFS 291 19th-Century POP

Selected Publications

“When Fashion Stood Still,” in “La Commune n’est pas morte …,” eds. Seth Whidden and Robert St. Clair, special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies 49, nos. 3 & 4 Spring-Summer 2021, 549-566.

“Femininized Commodities, Female Communities: The Colin Sisters and the Stealthy Work of the Fashion Plate,” French Historical Studies, (43:2) April, 2020, 223-252. 

“Picturing Work in the Age of Empire” in A Cultural History of Work in the Age of Empire:
1800-1920 (volume 5 of 6). Bloomsbury Press, January 2019. 31-50.

“Fashion Animation: Heads, Hats, and the Uncanny Work of Fashion,” Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality: From Rousseau to Art Deco, ed. Heidi Brevik-Zender, SUNY Press, November 2018. 33-56.

“The Modiste’s Palette and the Artist’s Hat” in Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Exhibition Catalogue edited and co-curated by Simon Kelly and Esther Bell. St. Louis Art Museum and Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, February 2017. 67-80.

“Picturing the Catherinette: Reinventing Tradition for the Postcard Age,” Beyond Tradition: French Cultural Studies, 1800-2014, eds. Masha Belenky, Kathryn Kleppinger and Anne O’Neil-Henry, University of Delaware Press, April 2017. 119-152.

“Production and Distribution in the Age of Empire” in A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion: The Age of Empire: 1800-1920 (volume 5 of 6). Bloomsbury Press, December 2016. 35-57.

“From pudeur to plaisir: Grandville’s Flowers in the Kingdom of Fashion.” Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, April 2014, 18(1): 45-68

“Becoming (M)other: Reflectivity in Le Journal des Demoiselles.” Romance Studies, April 2013, 31(2): 84-100

“Monsieur Calicot: French Masculinity between Commerce and Honor.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Spring-Summer 2012, 19(1): 32-60

Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.