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Sensational InternationalismThe Paris Commune and the Remapping of American Memory in the Long Nineteenth Century$
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J. Michelle Coghlan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411202

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411202.001.0001

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Tasting Space: Sights of the Commune in Henry James’s Paris

Tasting Space: Sights of the Commune in Henry James’s Paris

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(p.105) Chapter 4 Tasting Space: Sights of the Commune in Henry James’s Paris
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Sensational Internationalism
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J. Michelle Coghlan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411202.003.0005

This chapter moves from sights of Paris as a revolutionary underground to sites of Paris in ruin, from unexpected forms of imperial adventure or subterranean possibility to uncanny forms of affective possession. While The American Scene has been the privileged site to examine Henry James’s fascination with—and affective responses to—lost landmarks and newly minted ruins, I excavate the sights of and detours around the post-Commune ruins of Paris in his writings and contemporary periodical culture. Situating James’s attention to charred landscape and vanished tourist sights alongside their ongoing returns in U.S. print and visual culture, I suggest, crucially reconfigures James’s transformative and uncannily embodied “historic sense” even as it recovers the post-Commune ruinscape that came to function as an unexpectedly charged site of transnational memory in U.S. literary, visual and performance culture. 

Keywords:   Henry James, The Ambassadors, Parisian Sketches, Princess Casamassima, Paris in Ruin, Transatlantic Print Culture, Transatlantic Visual Culture, Sites of Memory

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