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Dr. Robin Walz Guest Lecture at Young Harris College

Professor of History Robin Walz, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture titled “Crime on the Black Market: French Detective Fiction under the Nazi Occupation" on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Hatcher Dining Room of the Rollins Campus Center on the Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA. 

The lecture stems from Dr. Walz’s special fondness for the St. Cyr/Kohler crime series by Canadian author J. Robert Janes, which is set during the Nazi Occupation of France. He often writes scholarly essays on French criminals, detectives, and avengers, most recently on the criminal-turned-avenger Rocambole for The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford University Press, 2009). 

Dr. Walz’s research specializes in the history of popular culture in modern France. In 2000, the University of California Press published his article titled “Pulp Surrealism: Insolent Popular Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Paris,” and he translated Philippe Soupault’s surrealist crime story parody called “Death of Nick Carter,” from French into English for the literary review McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, issue 24


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