The Politics and Aesthetics of a Phantom Palace: Le Palais des Tuileries in Charles Soulier’s Paris incendié, mai 1871

Wilson, Colette E. (2004) The Politics and Aesthetics of a Phantom Palace: Le Palais des Tuileries in Charles Soulier’s Paris incendié, mai 1871. Romance Studies, 22 (3). pp. 197-207. ISSN 0263-9904. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article sheds new light on the work of the French nineteenth-century photographer Charles Soulier by focusing on his hitherto marginalized representation of the ruined Palais des Tuileries in the aftermath of the Paris Commune. Conventional political readings of contemporary photographs of ruins based primarily on thematic content and point of view are eschewed in favour of a close reading of Soulier’s images within their wider technical, commercial, and aesthetic contexts, with evidence of the photographer’s own ideological stance being sought instead in his choice of title for the series as a whole, Paris incendié, mai 1871. In also outlining briefly the history of the Tuileries itself, described by Jean Pierre Babelon as ‘un palais fantôme,’ the article concludes with a consideration of the site of the palace today as ‘un lieu d’oubli.’

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
N Fine Arts
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies)
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
T Technology > TR Photography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
D History General and Old World > DC France
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Colette Wilson
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008 07:01
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:36
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9657 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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