January 7, 2013
Hahn published two articles on 19th century Europe and empires. In
“Heroism, Exoticism and Violence: Representing the Self, the ‘Other’ and Rival
Empires in French and British Illustrated Press, 1880-1905,”Historical Reflections/Réflexions
Historiques (2012), she discusses imperial rivalries in the late 19th
century. She argues that those rivalries created a large gap between the
representations of the self and “the Other” empires, undermining any collective
“European” understanding of the imperial mission. She also argues that press
coverage of colonial wars played a significant role in the spread of exoticism
associated with tourism. In “The Flâneur, the Tourist, the Global
Flâneur, and Magazine Reading as Flânerie,” Dix-Neuf: Journal of the
Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (2012), Hahn compares the rise of the
flâneur, a well-known 19th century figure, to the less-theorized figure of the
tourist. “Both were characterized by movement and curiosity
especially propelled by the sense of the vision,” she said. “A re-reading of
Baudelaire’s ‘The Painter of Modern Life’ in this light provides some new
insights regarding the concept of the artist as the ‘man of the world’ or a
global flâneur.” Hahn received her Ph.D. from the University of
California at Berkeley and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and
Sciences in 2000. Her latest book Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a
Continent Through History, is due out later this year.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seatte University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.
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