Natalie Zemon Davis

is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emerita, at Princeton University. She is also Adjunct Professor of History and Senior Fellow, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. Her publications inlcude The Return of Martin Guerre and Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives. She lives with her family in Toronto.


Babel is not the last word

A conversation with Natalie Zemon Davis

In order to give the people normally overlooked in history the credit she feels they deserve, Natalie Zemon Davis has developed her own methods of documenting history, which focus on the “lower orders” rather than political and religious figures. “What I care about is having found ways to get evidence for and tell the stories of people often passed unnoticed or treated as a statistic – to make their stories speak to bigger issues in historical life and change.”

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