An approach to digital humanities

“Mapping Paris” is a historical and literary research project that investigates, through data analysis, the relationships of meaning between cultural events and geographical space in nineteenth-century Paris. This project facilitates the sharing of open data for the historical, sociological and literary investigation of Paris and opens up to the collaboration of those who want to contribute to research.


Projects work 1

Mapping the “vie littéraire” of Goncourt brothers in Paris during the Second Empire

Projects work 2

The revenues of Parisian playhouses in the theatrical life of the Second Empire (1858-1867)

Projects work 3

Paris in the French Bildungsroman: Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert

Projects work 4

Paris from Stendhal to Maupassant

The graphic rendering of the data

The revenues of Parisian playhouses in the theatrical life of the Second Empire (1858-1867)




The data repository is available on GitHub

Tool: Palladio Stanford

This study focuses on the detailed account of the Parisian theaters daily receipts register from 1858 to 1867 during the Second French Empire.

The register examined was published by the Ministry of State – Division of Theaters, which archived the proceeds of several theaters on a daily basis. The data concerns in particular the following establishments: Opera, Théâtre-Français, Opéra-Comique, Théâtre des Italiens, Odéon, Théâtre-Lyrique, Vaudeville, Variétés, Gymnase, Palais-Royal, Porte-Saint-Martin, Gaîté, Ambigu-Comique, Imperial Circus Theater, Folies-Dramatiques, Relaxation-Comics, Folies Nouvelles.

The digital archive is divided by year, each folder contains the proceeds files, one file for each week of the year. Finally, each folder contains two summary files, namely the total revenue for each theater, month by month, and the total revenue for each week for all theaters, month by month. In total, there are 590 files in the archive for over 32,000 proceeds items.

The data is in some cases incomplete: sometimes the receipts of certain theaters are not reported, sometimes the proceeds of several months have not been entered (for the years 1858, 1860), but the value of this register cannot be put in doubt, because it is a very important historical document, which increases our knowledge of theatrical life under the Second Empire.

Cf.: Michele Sollecito, «Le rôle du débat des recettes des théâtres de Paris dans la vie théâtrale du Second Empire (1858-1867)», Revue italienne d’études françaises[Online], 12 | 2022, online dal 15 novembre 2022, consultato il 25 janvier 2023. URL:; DOI:


Michele Sollecito, Mapping the “vie littéraire” of Goncourt brothers in Paris during the Second Empire. An approach to digital humanities, Palermo, 40due edizioni, 2019.

Michele Sollecito, Roberta De Felici
(ed.), Edmond et Jules de Goncourt,
Théâtre, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2021


Michele Sollecito

Michele Sollecito is a researcher in French literature at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”.

He studied dramatic criticism in nineteenth-century France, with a particular focus on the theatrical works of the Goncourt brothers (Paris, Classiques Garnier 2021). He holds a master’s in Digital Humanities from the University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”.

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