Kirk Anderson

Professor of French Studies, Emeritus


French Studies


French Studies


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”