Sarah Horowitz

Historian of Nineteenth-Century France

Tag: Close Reading

Post 4: Debuting After Prison: Physical Descriptions of Meg Steinheil During the First Day of the Trial

Note: The following post was written by Megan Doherty, Washington and Lee University class of 2019, who worked on this project in Summer 2017.

Introduction

Marguerite “Meg” Steinheil was a captivating woman. Of that we have little doubt, and the newspapers cast her as a sensational actress within the narrative of the affair. During the first day of the trial … Read more

Post 3: June 1908 — Class, Crime and Doubt

This post takes a deeper dive into the commonly used adjectives in the June 1908 coverage of the Steinheil Affair discussed here. There will be fewer visualizations and/or exciting uses of algorithms; instead, I concentrate on two things: how the initial reporting would have been read as a story about class and how we can see signs of doubt … Read more

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