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Americanism, Media and the Politics of Culture in 1930s France

In 1930s France, the growing reach and influence of American media helped to form a new generation of artists and intellectuals who redefined what it meant to be modern and French. During this decade, France experienced their own Great Depression, which—along with other rippling effects of the First World War—stirred up a crisis of cultural identity. With Americanism, Media and the Politics of Culture in 1930s France, David A. Pettersen focuses on key figures, texts, and films of the 1930s to shed light on the evolution of modern French culture brought about by the influence of, and a deep engagement with, American mass media.

368 pages | 5 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016

Culture Studies

History: European History

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“Capaciously choosing examples from both the Left and Right, David Pettersen expertly shows how writers in France from the 1930s on engaged with American popular culture, especially cinema, as a means to define their own creative politics. A far-reaching study that will appeal to scholars in French studies, trans-national study, visual culture and film studies alike.”

Dana Polan, New York University

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes to the Reader
Chapter 1: Mass Culture and Leftist Politics in Jean Renoir
Chapter 2: The American Gangster in French Poetic
Chapter 3: The Rise and Fall of the Gangster in André
Malraux's Revolutionary Novels
Chapter 4: White Primitivism in Pierre Drieu la  Rochelle
Chapter 5: Whitewashing the Transatlantic in
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Chapter 6: The Americanist Anti-Americanism of
Jean-Paul Sartre's Les Chemins de la liberté

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