Professor of English
Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley
Susan Zieger (B.A., Dartmouth College, MSc., London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) specializes in nineteenth-century British and related literatures and cultures, with an emphasis on the novel, ephemera, and other mass media forms. Her first book, Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature (University of Massachusetts Press), describes how metaphors of addiction such as exile, self-enslavement, and disease circulated through literature and culture to forge the new identity of the addict. Her second book, forthcoming from Fordham University Press in 2018, is The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century. The book contends that our twenty-first century moment of digital media saturation was formed through nineteenth-century encounters with printed ephemera. Zieger is currently researching Logistical Subjects, a cultural history of the rise of efficient shipping and transportation in commercial and military spheres since 1800. In 2019, she will hold a visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin to support this project.
RECENT ESSAYS and REVIEWS
- “Logistics” Keyword Entry, Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming)
- Levitation: The Science, Myth, and Magic of Suspension by Peter Adey. Critical Inquiry 7 June 2018 https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/susan_zieger_reviews_levitation/
Bleak Liberalism by Amanda Anderson. Critical Inquiry, 21 September 2017
“The Vegan Resistance” Public Books, 26 July 2017.
- “The World in a Blot of Ink” Review of The Inkblots by Damion Searls. May 2017. http://www.publicbooks.org/the-world-in-a-blot-of-ink/
- Alice in Space: The Sideways World of Lewis Carroll by Gillian Beer. Critical Inquiry 2017. http://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/susan_zieger_reviews_alice_in_space/
- Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture by Simone Natale. Media History. June 2016. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13688804.2016.1195607?scroll=top&needAccess=true&journalCode=cmeh20
- “Fantasy Foodie-ism and Unicorn Feminism.” Review of The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery. Trans. Alison Anderson. Europa Editions, 2015. The Los Angeles Review of Books, March, 2016. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/fantasy-foodie-ism-and-unicorn-feminism
ACADEMIC ARTICLES and BOOKS
- “Habitual Media, 1800-1920” forthcoming in The Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Media, 1800-1920
- “Cheiro, Galton, and the Art of Reading Hands and Fingers” forthcoming in Cabinet
- “The Last Black Temperance Activist: Frances Harper and the Black Public Sphere” forthcoming in Southern Comforts: Drinking and the U.S. South (Louisiana State University Press, 2018).
- “‘Miss X’: Telepathy and Affect at Fin-de-siècle” Victorian Literature and Culture 46:2 (June 2018), 347-364
- Special Issue of Amodern on “Ephemera and Ephemerality,” co-edited with Priti Joshi; includes “Before Rorschach: Ink Blots, Accidents, and Ephemera” December 2017 http://amodern.net/issues/amodern-7-ephemera-ephemerality/
- “Du Maurier’s Paris: Peter Ibbetson, Haussmann, and Industrial Memory” in George Du Maurier: Illustrator, Critic, Author … Beyond Svengali ed. Simon Cooke. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016).
- “Affect and Logistics: Trollope’s Postal Work” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature no. 128 (Fall 2015), 226-244.
- “Holmes’s Pipe, Tobacco Papers, and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of Media Addiction” in The Journal of Victorian Culture 19:1 (March 2014), 24-42.
- “‘Du Maurierness’ and the Mediatization of Memory” Victorian Studies 56:1 (Autumn 2013), 31-57.
- “Smoking, Reading, Daydreaming.” Cabinet 51 (Autumn 2013), 35-40.
- “The Case of William Seabrook: Documents, Haiti, and the Working Dead.” modernism / modernity 19:4 (September 2012)
- “Opium, Alcohol, Tobacco: The Substances of Memory in The Moonstone” in The Blackwell Companion to Sensation Fiction, ed. Pamela Gilbert, 2011.
- “The Dandy, the Soldier, and the Cigarette: Under Two Flags and the Late Victorian Culture of Smoking.” Nineteenth-Century Studies 23 (2009), 87-104
- “Dickens’s Queer Children.” Literature Interpretation Theory 20:1-2 (Jan.-June 2009), 141-157.
- Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008).
- “Victorian Hallucinogens.” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (February 2008). Special Issue #49: Interdisciplinarity and the Body at http://www.ron.umontreal.ca
- “Impostors of Freedom: Southern White Manhood, Hypodermic Morphine, and E.P. Roe’s Without a Home” American Literature 80:3 (September 2008), 527-554.
- “Pioneering Inner Space: Drug Autobiography and U.S. Imperialism.” PMLA 122: 5 (October 2007), 1531-47. Special issue, “Remapping Genre,” edited by Wai Chee Dimock and Bruce Robbins.
- “Queering the Drug Diary: Go Ask Alice and its Victorian Genealogies.” Genre 39:1 (spring 2006), 89-114
- “‘How Far Am I Responsible?’: Women and Morphinomania in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain.” Victorian Studies 48:1 (Autumn 2005), 59-81.
- “Sex and the Citizen in Sex in the City’s New York.” In Kim Akass and Janet McCabe (eds.), Reading Sex and the City. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2004: 97-111.
- “Disciplining Addiction.” Review of Ed. Jane Lillienfeld and Jeffrey Oxford’s The Languages of Addiction, (St. Martin’s Press, 1999). Journal of Medical Humanities, 22:4 (Winter 2001), pp. 318-321.
- “Addiction in the Nineteenth Century.” John van Wyhe (ed.), The Victorian Web, (summer 2002).
HONORS and AWARDS
- Committee on Research Award, UCR, 2010-2012 and 2016-2017
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2006-2007
- Center for Ideas and Society Fellowship, UCR Fall 2006 and Winter 2014
- Faculty Research Development Award, UCR 2004-5
- Huntington Library Fellowship, Summer 2005
- ENGL 267, “Affect and the Nineteenth-Century Novel” (W2016)
- ENGL 273, “Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, and the Frankfurt School” (F 2011, W2015)
- ENGL 267, “Late Victorian Media Technologies and the Novel” (W 2011, F 2013)
- ENGL 142F, “Victorian Popular Culture” (S2016)
- ENGL 172T, “The Poetry of Darkness: Poe, Baudelaire, Swinburne” (W2016)
- ENGL 172T, “Mysteries of the Nineteenth-Century City
- ENGL 172T, “Decadence” (S2008, F2009, F2014, F2016)