Marie-Françoise Quignard, Honorary Curator of the Réserve des Livres Rares
Marie-Françoise Quignard is Honorary Curator of the Réserve des Livres Rares (Rare Book Reserve) at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France), where she worked from 1983 to 2010. Since 2001 she managed the part of the journal of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France on eroticism and pornography and in 2006 she was asked to be co-curator of the exhibition "L'Enfer de la Bibliothèque: Eros au secret".
The Enfer Collection
In these four videos, Marie-Françoise explains everything from why the collection is called "Enfer" and how it became part of the Rare Book Reserve, to providing a deep dive into some of the fascinating texts found within it, how they ended up in the collection, and why it was so difficult to publish such sexually explicit works in the past. She also offers fascinating comments on how the collection (and attitudes towards it) have evolved over time. Marie-Françoise finishes with powerful commentary on why this collection is of such interest and value to researchers in the fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies and beyond.
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The videos are in French with English subtitles; French subtitles can be selected using the tools in the video player.
Please note: these videos contain sexual content that may be offensive to some viewers. The decision to watch is at your own discretion.