We're delighted to announce that Sensational Internationalism: The Paris Commune and the Remapping of American Memory in the Long Nineteenth Century by J. Michelle Coghlan has won the 2017 Arthur Miller Institute First Book Prize!

The judging panel commented:

“J. Michelle Coghlan’s Sensational Internationalism: The Paris Commune and the Remapping of American Memory in the Long Nineteenth Century is an engaging and convincing study of the ways in which the Paris Commune of 1871 was pressed into political and cultural service in the USA. Ambitious in its multidisciplinary approach and innovative in its focus on transnational commemoration, this deftly executed work stages an original intervention into understandings of popular political memory in the fin de siècle United States and on into the political and cultural upheavals of the 1930s and 1960s. From Henry James to George Henty, to pulp fictions and cycloramas, the book draws on a panoply of source material and builds a compelling methodology from memory, performance, and affect studies via which to read these. An impressive first monograph that demonstrates the rich tapestries that emerge from genuinely interdisciplinary American Studies research.”

Congratulations Michelle - a well deserved win!