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Introduction

Hello

I am a Ph.D. candidate in French at Stanford and I specialize in 17th and 18th century literature, in particular society theater, a form of private entertainment practiced by the French elites. My research interests include classical French theater, Molière and the reception of his works in the 18th century, representations of Don Juan by women writers, the works of Belgian author Suzanne Lilar, and digital humanities.

I am currently working on my dissertation on society theater and building a database of people, places and events relating to this practice. My aim is to map the known theaters and reconstruct the networks of people involved. The inspiration for this database emerged from my RA work on the Mapping the Republic of Letters project. In the early stages of research for my dissertation, I noticed that many of the people involved in society theater were also part of the Voltaire correspondence network. This was intriguing enough that I decided to start a list of people who appeared in both, and this list has grown into a set of lists containing different types of information on society theaters. I am now at the point where my data sets are ready for visualization (more about that later).

I am excited to be part of the 2014 HASTAC Class and I look forward to meeting other scholars who are working on digital humanities projects. I am particularly interested in discussing the practical aspects of digital humanities work, such as data collection, management and storage, project publication and preservation, collaboration, and the various tools that facilitate this type of work. 

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