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Dominique Kalifa

Dominique Kalifa is a historian and the author of Vice, Crime, and Poverty: How the Western Imagination Invented the Underworld, forthcoming in spring 2019 from Columbia University Press.


Dominique Kalifa is a historian and professor at the University of Paris 1, where he heads the Center of 19th Century History. His work focuses on the history of crime, social control, and mass culture in 19th- and early 20th-century France and Europe. He wrote the first book on the private detective métier, published in 2000 as Naissance de la police privée, and is a member of the Historical Committee of the City of Paris. Since 1990, he has been a literary contributor to Libération.

About the book: Vice, Crime, and Poverty: How the Western Imagination Invented the Underworld, Columbia University press, April 2019, tr. by Susan Emanuel)

Winner of the 2013 Prix Mauvais genres, Les Bas Fonds examines the underworld of 19th and 20th century France. The underworld, a zone outside of the law, populated by beggars, prostitutes, criminals and convicts and where every form of social ill seems to coexist, regularly haunts our imagination. From Batman’s Gotham to Eugène Sue’s Paris, Kalifa explores how journalism, literature, and film have framed our fascination and repulsion with this world of crime, violence, vice, and poverty.

Translated by Susan Emanuel, Les Bas Fonds received a French Voices Award in 2016, and will be published in the United States in spring 2019 from Columbia University Press.



SUGGESTED TALKS

1/ Vice Crime and Poverty ? How the Western Imagination Invented the Underwold

2/ Discussion on the Notion of « Belle Epoque » and Other Chrononyms

3/ Paris Capital of Love:  On the topography of the imaginary of desire and love in Paris (1860-1960)


DATES BOOKED

April 15 : University of Florida

April 17 : University of Texas, Austin

April 18-19 : University of Illinois, Urbana

Apr 22, 2019: Albertine Books, New York

Apri 23, 2019: Columbia University, New York

April 24, 2019: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

April 25 : Yale University, New Haven

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