The French in American Popular Culture and Society

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Richard Gray / Carson-Newman College
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In the post 9/11 era, scrutiny and criticism of France by the United States has increased. On numerous occasions, the latter has questioned France's position with regard to global policy. This fact notwithstanding, for centuries, the United States of America has been culturally and socially impacted by France. The domains that have been influenced by French presence are extensive. For the upcoming essay collection entitled The French in American Popular Culture and Society, I am soliciting contributions that illustrate the influence and impact that France has made on societal and cultural components of the United States since the birth of the nation in 1776. I am seeking contributions from a range of scholars, including ethnomusicologists, psychologists, sociologists, cultural anthropologists, literary scholars, linguists, etc. Junior faculty are welcome and encouraged to submit an abstract. Essays should have a broad appeal to readers. Below is a list of suggested topics, though it is not exhaustive:

Advertising
Anthropology
Art
Architecture
Cinema
City planning
Comic books
Cuisine
Dance
Fashion
Language
Literature
Music
Psychology
Science and Technology
Society
Theatre
Viniculture

Etc.

Please address inquiries and send abstracts of up to 500 words and a brief CV (as Word docs) to the editor, Richard Gray (rgray@cn.edu). Abstracts are due by Monday, August 24, 2009. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by the end of October and will be expected to submit completed essays of 4,000-7,000 words (with notes) in January 2010. This collection will be published in English.