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About the W.T. Bandy 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 Libraries. 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.

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Visitor Information

Visitors are welcome to consult the Collections in Special Collections, 2nd level of the Central Library at Vanderbilt University. 
If you wish to consult the Bandy Center Collections, please schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Special Collections (615) 322-2807. 



 Research Fellows and Visiting Scholars


  • Nathan Brown, Associate Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Poetics at Concordia University, Montreal. "Baudelaire's Shadow: A Theory of Poetic Determination." 


  • Polina Dimova, Oberlin College Affiliated Scholar, Oberlin, OH, Bandy Center Fellow, "Baudelaire and Synaesthesia" for At the Crossroads of the Senses: The Synaesthetic Metaphor Across the Arts in European Modernism.
  • Hannah Malcolm,  PhD student, Indiana University, Morris Wachs Fellow, "Gendered Slavery in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Representations of the Orient."​


  • Guan Beibei, Assistant Professor in English at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Shenzhen Graduate School, China, Bandy Center Fellow, "The Dandy and The Historical Ragpicker: A Study of Contrary Responses to Modernity of Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin".
  • Wayne Cristaudo, Professor of Political Science at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory of Australia, Visiting scholar, "Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin, a philosophical, historical, and anthropological study of social thoughts."
  • Fiona Dakin, PhD student, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Bandy Center Fellow, “Correspondences between Baudelaire’s Art Criticism and Artists’ ‘Translations’ of his Poetry”.



  • Helen Abbott, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, UK, Bandy Center  Fellow,  “The Baudelaire Song Project”.
  • Christa DiMarco, Associate Professor, Liberal Arts Division, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Bandy Center Fellow, “The Baudelairean Aesthetics of Vincent van Gogh’s Patch of Grass”.
  • Edoardo Esposito, Professor, Dipartimento di Studi letterari filologici e linguistici Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, Bandy Center Fellow, “Art as Craft: Poe, Baudelaire, and Jakobson”. 
  • Sonya Isaak- PhD candidate and Instructor at  the University of Heidelberg, Germany, Bandy Center Fellow,  "Literature Across Margins and Borders: Baudelaire’s Recasting of Poe and Coleridge’s Marginalia".
  • Andrea Schellino, PhD student, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France “Baudelaire en 1848. Plaisir de la “démolition” et “ivresse” révolutionnaire”.


  • 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".
  • Paolo Tortonese, Professor, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France, Bandy Center Fellow, “Baudelaire lu par William et Henry James”.


  • 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".


  • 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”.


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Robert Barsky, Faculty Director of the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies

Yvonne Boyer, Librarian for the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies