Siege of Toulon Update 2: Toulon In Theater

Continuing my project on theater and politics in revolutionary France (abstract) (update 1) I read and analyzed two works written in 1794 shortly after the republican victory over royalist forces in Toulon: La prise de Toulon, drame héroïque et historique by Pellet Desbarreaux (you can read the script here), and La prise de Toulon par les français, by B. D’Antilly (here on Gallica). Whereas Desbarreaux’s work is a 3-act play in prose and comparatively short, D’Antilly’s is a 3-act opera composed of prose, verse, and songs. Although I’ve spent the past couple days on secondary sources and plan to do more research on the context of the plays, I’ll focus on the text itself in this post!

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Tick Research Update 2

With tick research and increasing prevalence becoming a media (especially NPR) topic, I decided to come up with a short list of Q&A. Here are some common questions I have received after beginning my research from some of my friends!

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Restructured Research

Despite originally planning to work with X. laevis embryos this summer, my research took a new turn when the summer actually started. Now I am working towards a completely different goal: instead of looking at embryonic development and life, I’m looking at phages, which are viruses that can kill bacteria. Specifically, our lab is interested in the regulatory regions of these phages’ genomes, and understanding how that regulation can be strong or weak relative to its eventual output as proteins.

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Blog post #3 – Final thoughts, Final product

Since blog post #2, I have (you may notice a trend) read numerous more articles and several books that were recommended to me by a professor of archaeology at UVA. At this point, I restricted my articles to filling in gaps in my knowledge and making the project more specific to the present. I researched several articles on the controversial baseball stadium at Shockoe Bottom, a black community in Richmond whose historical district (including one of the most trafficked points in the United States for the slave trade and a massive slave cemetery) would have been obscured by the large stadium that was to be constructed alongside it. This event provides a compelling example of how common the sort of problems I’m studying are, although I’m probably not going to investigate particularly much further into its specifics given time restraints.

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