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Robert Darnton
History, Princeton University

"Poetry and the Police in 18th-Century Paris"
Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., Nov. 1, 2000, 12:00am
In his presentation, Robert Darnton exploded the idea that the present period is the first "information age." "Poetry and the Police in 18th-Century Paris" explored the stunning power of poetry in pre-revolutionary Paris and the attempt by police to suppress it for fear of its subversive effect. Darnton followed the path of this poetry through forms of media now overshadowed to provide a vivid glimpse of this long-forgotten information system.

During his visit to KU, Darnton also led two colloquia: "History of Books and Readings" and "Scholarly Publishing on the Web."

Darnton is professor of history at Princeton University and is the author of The Corpus of Clandestine Literature in France, 1769-1789, and a host of other tomes on European history. At the time of this lecture, he was involved in the blending both old and new information ages with an electronic publishing project about book trading in 18th-century France.

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