Hahn Publishes on 19th Century Europe and Empires

Written by Laura Paskin
January 7, 2013

History Professor Hazel 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,” in 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 Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.