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Baudelaire’s Poe: Selections from the W.T. Bandy Collection

Book as Art: Beautiful Books Les Fleur du Mal

Les Fleurs du Mal: An Illustrated History-Dean's Fellowship Project

At the Forefront of Change: Paris, 1900-1970. Selections from the Pascal Pia Collection.

Gilbert Sigaux Collection Exhibit

Sensuality and Textuality: Experiencing the 18th Century Book: Selections from the Morris Wachs Collection


The W.T. Bandy Center will host a major international conference from March 13th to 15th with an array of scholars from around the world.  Examples from the Hervé Vilez Verlaine Collection will be available for viewing at the Center. Closing remarks will be delivered with/by Provost Susan Wente, Chancellor Nick Zeppos, and Laurie Benton, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on the afternoon of March 15th. We are also planning a world premiere contemporary dance performance with Verlaine-themed choreography, that same afternoon. The proceedings will be filmed, and made available on the internet via the AmeriQuests platform ( Conference proceedings will be published in the Revue Verlaine. Since we will have the honor of hosting Hervé and Maryvonne Vilez for the occasion, as well as Seth Whidden who was the catalyst to the entire Verlaine enterprise here, we will also reserve ample time for Hervé to discuss his collection. (


The 34th Annual International
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
16-18 October 2008

The theme for the 2008 NCFS colloquium was “Empire, Identity, Exoticism.” Contributions explored the intersection of these themes from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches—from literary, social, and political culture to visual aesthetics—in Nineteenth-Century France.

Seminar Presentations:
Beautés fatales: detours, silences et cruautés du texte dans "Une Charogne" et "Une Martyre"
Anne Birien, James Madison University

Baudelaire’s Epistolary Dialectic
Daniel Sipe, University of Missouri

From Baudelaire to Bishop: Questions of Travel
Steven Monte, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Deteriorations of the City in Baudelaire’s Tableaux parisiens,
Lisa Weiss, Vanderbilt University

March 2010
"Inside/Out: Including and Excluding in French Culture, Text and Art." March 26-27, 2010. Bandy Center and Central Library. Graduate Symposium organized by Jerome Brillaud, Professor of French, Vanderbilt University. Keynote speaker Professor Lawrence Kritzman, Dartmount College.

March 2010
Mathide Labbé, Ph.D. Candidate, Université de Paris-Sorbonne.
Presentation: "Réception Baudelaire et transmission de la culture littéraire"
W. T. Bandy Center

July 2009
From July 5-10, 2009, the National Humanities Center Summer Institutes in Literary Studies in North Carolina hosted the seminar “Reading Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal.” The seminar was led by Professor Jonathan Culler for twelve invited fellows.

Fall 2007
Edward Ahearn, University Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies at Brown University. “Sex, Race and the City.”
Co-sponsored by the 2007-2008 Fellows of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal.

Spring 2006
Ed Colker, author, artist, eduator. Lecture titled "Modern Arts of the Book."
January 15-18, 2006 Part of the Vanderbilt Lecture Series, Sponsored by the Bandy Center, Department of French & Italian, English Department, Comparative Literature Department, Central Library, and the Robert Penn Warren Humanities Center.

Spring 2005
"Hugo and Baudelaire" Seminar directed by Professor Pat Ward.

Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of French, English, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of CUNY.
Lecture titled "Surrealism Still!" February 16, 2005.
February 16-18, 2005 Part of the Vanderbilt Lecture Series Bandy Center, sponsored by the Bandy Center, Robert Penn Warren Humanities Center, History of Art, Comparative Literature, Department of French & Italian, English Department, Department of German, Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Spring 2004
“The French Poe" Seminar directed by Professor Pat Ward with visiting professor Steve Reich.

Spring 2000
"Baudelaire and His Critics: Benjamin, de Man, and Jameson” Seminar directed by Professor Patricia Ward.
Sponsored by the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies and The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University.

Spring 1998 (April 3-4, 1998)
Symposium: "L' Ere de Baudelaire." Honoring Claude Pichois, Distinguished Professor of French, Vanderbilt University. Organized by Bandy Center and Department of French & Italian, Vanderbilt University with exhibits coordinated with the Library and the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.

Baudelaire and the Arts at Brown University

Charles Baudelaire's Fleurs Du Mal

Charles Baudelaire info

Charles Baudelaire: Sa vie, son oeuvre: Le poète maudit-litteratura

Baudelaire Song Project

“Étienne Carjat: Charles Baudelaire”
In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Les illustrateurs de Baudelaire 
Ivan Bernier. 125 ans d’illustration baudelairienne.En collaboration avec Albert Legault

Paris: Capital of the 19th Century
Brown University Library Exhibition

Street Scenes in Paris in the 19th Century: From the comic to the tragic
Brown University Library Exhibition