Professor Hornstein is a specialist of nineteenth-century French art and visual culture. Her teaching and research interests include the history of war imagery, nineteenth-century technologies of visual reproduction (print media and photography) and their interaction with more established media, such as painting, the rise of early mass culture, reception theory and history, nineteenth-century material culture, and most recently, the representation of animals. Professor Hornstein's current book project, Leonine Encounters in Nineteenth-Century France, examines how visual representations of lions provided the basis for approaching a very human set of questions, including most notably issues related to sovereignty, empire and spectacle.
BOOKS:Picturing War in France, 1792-1856, Yale University Press, 2018.
"Introduction," and "Horace Vernet and the Problem of Facilité," in Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture, eds. Daniel Harkett and Katie Hornstein (Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England, 2017).
JOURNAL ARTICLES:"From Museum to Menagerie: Théodore Géricault and the Leonine Subject," The Art Bulletin, forthcoming early 2019.
“Suspended Collectivity: Horace Vernet’s The Crossing the Arcole Bridge (1826),” Art History 72:3 (June: 2014): 429-453. (Official Commendation, Malcolm Bowie Prize, French Historical Studies)
“Fecundity, Ferocity, and the Family Politics of Jean-Baptiste Huet’s A Lion and His Female Nursing Their Cubs (1802),” in Time, Media, and Visuality in Post-Revolutionary France, ed. Iris Moon and Richard Taws (London: Bloomsbury, expected 2020)
Leonine Encounters in Nineteenth-Century France, 1793-1900, book manuscrip in progress
"The Lion of Belfort, Max Ernst’s Une semaine de bonté, and Revolutionary Time," for a special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies entitled "La Commune n'est pas morte...," edited by Robert St. Clair and Seth Whidden.
ACLS Fellowship, 2018-2019John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty, 2018 Jacobus Family Award, 2018