Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A02. L'Amérique! The United States through French Eyes

Even before Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835), the United States were 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? Are the USA just a screen onto which the French project their own fantasies and nightmares? We will consider representations of the U.S.A. in prose, poetry, cinema, popular music, and advertising. Knowledge of French is not a course requirement.

Kirk AndersonKirk Anderson
Professor of French Studies