Visions of Frenchness: American Imaginaries of France in the Early and Mid-19th Century
Discourses of 'Frenchness' have pervaded American history since the Revolutionary Era. Conveying at times contradictory meanings, they have always implied more than a simple reference to a geographic place. This interdisciplinary workshop proposes to investigate American imaginaries of Frenchness in the early and mid-19th century. Moving beyond the discourse of the 'sister republics', it will explore fields as diverse as material culture, transatlantic trade, and literature. Ultimately, the workshop hopes to tackle the relevance of these imaginaries for American society and their impact on the process of American cultural self-definition in a post-revolutionary age.
Teilnehmer sind u.a.: Thomas Clark (Tübingen), Natacha Coquery (Université Lyon 2), Amy Henderson (Fred W. Smith National Library, Mount Vernon), Joanna Levin (Chapman University), Whitney Walton (Purdue University), Kariann Yokota (University of Colorado).
Abendvortrag am 18. Februar 2016 um 18 Uhr c.t.:
Prof. Leora Auslander, Ph.D. – "Putting Things to Work: The Domestic and International Uses of 'National Taste'"
Leora Auslander ist Professorin für Europäische Sozialgeschichte an der University of Chicago.