Digital Projects


Part of Mapping the Republic of Letters (Stanford)

The Salons Project maps the intellectual and social geography of European salons from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. Beginning with Parisian salons in the period from 1700-1914, the project graphs the social networks of leading salonnières, charting the movement of notable intellectuals, writers, politicians, and socialites between salons, as well as the evolution of individual salons as loci for intellectual and literary exchange.


19-Century Networks is a database of more than 6,000 individuals and their social networks in nineteenth-century France, including academic affiliations, salons, literary movements, political affiliations, and military affiliations. It aims to characterize exchange between people in literary and cultural networks, through politics, gender, and aesthetic affiliations.


The Mapping Balzac project is an online companion to Balzac’s great roman fleuve La Comédie Humaine. Mapping Balzac is a complete repertory of the characters in Balzac’s foundational series of realist novels, the places mentioned and visited, and the notable events within the novels. These references will be linked to full text of the complete Comédie Humaine in the ARTFL-FRANTEXTdatabase. There are several kinds of information in the database: information on characters, places mentioned or visited, events in the novels, and types of relationships (networks).

Balzac's Global Geography (Places mentioned in the Comédie Humaine)

Balzac's Paris (Places mentioned in the Comédie Humaine)

Melanie R. Conroy | | Assistant Professor of French