Beyond the Text: Illustrations in Eighteenth-Century French Novels



This exhibition draws from Bryn Mawr’s collection of eighteenth century French novels to examine how illustrations influenced the readers’ understanding and interpretation of the text.  It appeared in the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite in 2011.


Curator Claire Wanquet is a candidate for the M.A. in French and Francophone studies at Bryn Mawr College. She comes from Reunion Island and studied in Paris, where she got a bachelor’s degree from La Sorbonne and then in Lyon, where she got a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure. Her areas of research and interest include curating literary exhibitions, the link between museums and literature, and a comparison of French and American museums in the eighteenth century. With special thanks to Rudy le Mentheour and Eileen Williams-Wanquet.