Autour du Livre: Book Culture in Old Regime France
An exhibition in honor of Colette H. Winn
Autour du Livre (About the Book) is a digital display accompanying the virtual seminar of the same name. The seminar Autour du Livre was held at Washington University in St. Louis in October 2020 as a tribute to the career of Professor Colette H. Winn, a renowned specialist in sixteenth-century French literature and culture.
This exhibition highlights holdings in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections that relate to Professor Winn’s research on Early Modern French literary culture. Professor Winn’s research included studies on women as authors, owners, and consumers of books from the later Middle Ages through the Revolution; the material history of the book; and the role of the printed text in Early Modern court culture.
The exhibition is digital and separated into five parts: Book Culture, Fashioning Women’s Identities, Poètes Courtisans, Visualizing the Text, and Defending Women. There is also a biography section profiling Professor Winn.