French Politics, Culture & Society
This article explores cultural traditions from a little-known corner of the francophone world, what specialists call Franco-America. It represents a fertile site for reexamination of francophone postcolonial cultures. Beginning in the nineteenth century, French Canadians traveled to New England mill towns in search of work, established ethnic communities, and progressively became Franco-Americans. Today, endogamous Franco enclaves have all but disappeared, but French cultural expressions persist. Jack Kerouac is the most well known representative of this obscure French life. Franco-American written cultures, the focus of this essay, shed light on a distinct immigrant experience in the United States.
Franco-American, Francophone, French Culture, Littérature-Monde, Post colonialism
© Jonathan Gosnell
Gosnell, Jonathan, "Franco-American Cultures in a New World Perspective" (2012). French Studies: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.