Kirk Anderson

Professor of French Studies, Emeritus


French Studies


French Studies


Meneely 212

Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30-12:20, or by appointment



Main Interests

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

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.


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

Research Interests

Will present a paper, “Extrêmement pop: Gainsbourg et le ‘Swinging London’”, at the first international conference on Serge Gainsbourg, Paris-Sorbonne, 9-11 April 2018.

Currently considering 1966 as a watershed year in French popular music, with a shift from imitation to appropriation of the Anglo-American model (Dutronc, Antoine, Polnareff, Gainsbourg).

Teaching Interests

French perspectives on the USA, Translation, Chanson, 20th century French literature


“Song ‘Adaptations’ and the Globalization of French Pop, 1960-1970,” French Cultural Studies 26 (3), August 2015.

“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 moyen


Accordionist and guitarist for “Consuelo’s Revenge”