Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A12. L'Amérique! The United States through French Eyes

Even before Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835), the United States were already an object of fascination to Europeans. What the French have said, and continue to say, has a great deal to teach us about both parties of a complex and reciprocal, love-hate relationship. What could Americans possibly learn from French notions of democracy, liberty, or equality? Has Tocqueville's 'tyranny of the majority' finally arrived? We will consider, and respond to, both positive and negative representations of the U.S.A. in French prose, poetry, cinema, popular music, and advertising.

Kirk AndersonKirk Anderson
Professor of French Studies