Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Kirk Anderson

Kirk Anderson

Goldberg Professor of French Studies

M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University (1991)
B.A., St. Olaf College (1983)

Main Interests

French pop music, Paris World's Fairs, Occupation and Collaboration, Historiography as Literature, Beckett, Céline, Sarraute

Research Interests

Currently investigating the influence of Anglo-American popular music in 1960's France, beginning with a quantitative analysis of the French pop charts.

Teaching Interests

software applications for language pedagogy, the Enlightenment, French civilization, 20th century French literature, translation

Other Interests

NEH Summer Institute: "The Continuing Significance of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America," Bethel University, June 18-29, 2007. NEH summer seminar: "Images of Nation in Interwar France," University of Iowa, June-August 1994. Wheaton Faculty intern at the Yupparaj Wittayalai school in Chiang Mai, Thailand, May-July 1993.


Accordionist and guitarist for Consuelo's Revenge.

Selected Publications, Creative Work, or Performances

"Song 'Adaptations' and the Globalization of French Pop, 1960-1970," French Cultural Studies (in press).

"Brown Hounding," a translation of Franck Pavloff's "Matin brun,"  Metamorphoses (Spring 2012).

"Vive Voix," a website for French poetry, both text and sound.

"Culture without Subtitles," Global Dispatch, Spring 2006.

"Writing the Expo: Parisian literati and the 1900 World's Fair", paper delivered at Carleton College, 14 Jan 2000.

"'Familistère rénové or 'Révolution moyenneuse': a Utopian Céline?" The French Review, April 1995.