This public lecture explores some of the reactions to the growing presence and influence of Americans and American culture in France after the Second World War, through the 1950s and 1960s. It concentrates in particular on views from the political and intellectual Left, both moderate and extreme, from those, for example, of Camus, Sartre and De Beauvoir to those of Pierre Courtade and André Stil, and ends with some less committed but no less strongly held opinions of others.
Prof John Flower is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Kent. He has held professorial posts at Exeter UK and in France at Paris X-Nanterre and Bordeaux. He has published extensively on French literature, culture and politics since the early twentieth century, notably on the work of François Mauriac. He was founding editor of the Journal of European Studies and until 2021 its general editor.
The lecture will be followed by light refreshments in the RSSS foyer.
Please note masks are required at this event.