Literary scholars draw parallels between crime fiction, current events

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Bills passed by Republican-controlled legislatures in the states of Oklahoma, Iowa and Florida to provide immunity to drivers who run over protestors reinforce the dominant theme in French crime literature that “revolutionary events generally take place on the street,” University of Pennsylvania Romance Language professor Andrea Goulet said at a Friday event on “Crime Narratives,” hosted by the Center for the Study of the Novel. In the event, Goulet and other fellow literary professors shared their research into the crime fiction of different cultures and the real-world philosophies with which they each engaged.

Goulet said her research into French crime literature written in the 19th and 20th centuries focused on books that explored the relationship between police and protestors during times of political unrest. She gave special attention to Victor Hugo’s historic fictional book “Les Misérables,” which follows the lives of idealistic…

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