Illustrated Editions of Les Fleurs du Mal (1857) by Charles Baudelaire
"My favorite part of the project, other than working in the Bandy Center, was designing the website. I think one of the most unique things about the Dean's Fellowship is the trust placed within students to produce something visual that will be linked to the Library's website. Considering digital humanities and the needs associated with presenting library materials to a large, public audience, [it] is an opportunity rarely afforded to undergraduates." — Kevin Milewski
About the Project
The W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies is a world renowned library collection dedicated to the study of the 19th century French poet, Charles Baudelaire. Kevin became familiar with the work of Charles Baudelaire, the comprehensive collection of the library, and the importance of Livre d'Artiste and artist's books. He identified and compiled a comprehensive annotated bibliography for the illustrated editions of Les Fleurs du Mal, researching the editions' artists and illustrators, and photographing and scanning the selected examples for each edition for the web presence. This online exhibition and bibliography is useful to national and international scholars.
About the Fellow
Kevin Patrick Milewski is a Vanderbilt junior, majoring in history with minors in French and English. A member of the Arts & Sciences College Scholars Honors program and the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, Kevin recently participated in the Vanderbilt-in-France program in Aix. He was twice named a junior fellow at the Library of Congress, where he worked on the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection of book illustration.
Kevin presented his project at the international conference "Cultural Modernism II: Latin America" at Vanderbilt University; at the Center for Teaching's 2014 "Celebration of Learning;" and at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Pre-conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas, NV.