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About the Center

The W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire Studies was founded in 1968 by the College of Arts and Sciences of Vanderbilt University as a joint project between the Department of French and Italian and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Its core was the personal collection of the eminent Baudelaire scholar, William Thomas Bandy, who continued to work with the collection until his death in 1989. Claude Pichois, the distinguished French editor and biographer of Charles Baudelaire, served as director of the center from 1982 until his retirement in 1998. The W.T. Bandy Center's name was changed in 1998 to The W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, reflecting the enhanced scope of the collections.

Visitor Information

The Bandy Center is located on the 8th floor of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library (Central Library) on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. Scholars are welcome and may work at the center during the scheduled public hours and by appointment.

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Research Fellowship Information


The W.T. Bandy Center offers a number of research fellowships. Both paid and unpaid fellowships are named according to their relationship to the Center Collections and selected based on the merits of proposed projects. Fellows are requested to acknowledge the Center in their publications and provide copies of their works to the Center. The paid awards are meant to help scholars defray the cost of travel and housing expenses.

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Letter of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation that addresses the candidate's qualifications for the fellowship is required. The Letter should be sent directly to the Bandy Center by the recommender,

Research Fellows


Matthew Anderson, Professor of English, University of New England, Biddeford Campus, Maine, Bandy Center Fellow, "Baudelaire's Two Swans."

Vincent Gogibu of the Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines (CHCSC) at Versailles University, Pascal Pia Fellow, "Remy de Gourmont et les petites revues littéraires et artistiques."



Dr. Davide Vago, Researcher of French Literature at Univeristà Cattolica di Milano, Italy, Bandy Center Fellow, " Prosodic Language in Baudelaire's Works."


Chiara Nifosi, Graduate Student at Univeristà Cattolica di Milano, Italy, independant scholar, Studying the "issue of space in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du Temps perdu."

Dr. Marisa Verna, Professor and Chair of French Literature at Univeristà Cattolica di Milano, Italy, Bandy Center Fellow, « Montrer son âme dans le vêtement » Drappi, stoffe, vestiti ed accessori nella letteratura, nella cultura e nella lingu: Des anges en robe de laine: l’âme nue d’Arthur Rimbaud.                                            

Dr. Seth Whidden,Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Pascal Pia Fellow, "The Zutistes, according to Pascal Pia."

Laure Bordas-Isner, Ph.D Candidate, State University of New York at Buffalo, Morris Wachs Fellow, "Raconter le
crime: La figure du criminel dans la littérature française des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles."


Dr. Federica Locatelli, Assistant Professor Università Cattolica, Milano, Italy, W.T. Bandy Fellow," L'imagination de Coleridge à Baudelaire."

Dr. Damian Catani, Lecturer in French, Birkbeck College, London University, W.T. Bandy Fellow,
"Baudelaire, De Quincey and Les Paradis Artificiels."
Title: The ‘Spleen’ and ‘Idéal’ of Opium: Baudelaire and Thomas De Quincey
Author: Catani, Damian
Source: Dix-Neuf, Volume 17, Number 3, November 2013, pp. 237-250 (14)


Philip Edward Phillips, Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, 2010-2012 W.T. Bandy Fellow,
"Baudelaire's Poe: Selections from the W.T. Bandy Collection."

Mathilde Labbé, Ph.D. Candidate, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, W.T. Bandy Fellow,
“Réception Baudelaire et transmission de la culture littéraire.”


Ben Bakhtiarynia, W.T. Bandy Fellow, “The Ethics and Aesthetics of Immoralism: Baudelaire, Nietzche, Wilde.”

Daniel Ridge, Pascal Pia Fellow, Department of French & Italian, Vanderbilt University, "Le Jeune homme de lettres à l'époque décadente."

Kathryn Brown, Assistant Professor, Art History, Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University, Claude Pichois Fellow, “Relationship of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal and the 1947 illustrated edition by Henri Matisse.”
Note: The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe / edited by Kathryn Brown. Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2013]


Support the W.T. Bandy Center


The W.T. Bandy Center welcomes donations to support and enhance the collections, research fellowships, and special programs.

For more information, please contact the W.T. Bandy Center.


W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies
Central Library
Vanderbilt University
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37240-0007
(615) 343-0372


Center Staff

Professor Robert Barsky, Director
Daniel Ridge, Assistant Director
Yvonne Boyer, Librarian