Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A01. L'Amérique! The United States through French Eyes

From Tocqueville’s De la Démocratie en Amérique to Henri-Lévy’s American Vertigo, the United States have long been an object of fascination to the French. What they have said, and continue to say, has a great deal to teach us about both parties of this love-hate relationship. Beyond the clichés, how might we respond to French analyses of American society, both positive and negative? We will consider representations of the U.S.A. in French prose, poetry, cinema, popular music, and advertising.

Kirk AndersonKirk Anderson
Professor of French Studies