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Culture fact
French is second most
spoken language in four
U.S. states: Louisiana,
Maine, Vermont, and
New Hampshire.





















Language fact
Many place names in
the United States have French
origins: the states of Maine &
Vermont, for example, &
Boise (Idaho), Des Moines
(Iowa), & Detroit (Michigan),
to name only a few.















Language tip
French-speakers address
each another with Monsieur,
Madame, or Mademoiselle.
While seemingly very formal
to outsiders, in the French
cultural context, these
terms of address
signify respect.
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Franco-American & Franco-Canadian
Culture & Relations

French and American Cultural Differences
French and Americans: The Other Shore, by Pascal Baudry, Jean-Louis Morhange, trans., 256 p. (2005)
Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French, and Americans, by Edward Twitchell Hall, Mildred Reed Hall, 208 p. (1990)
Cultural Misunderstandings: The French-American Experience, by Raymonde Carroll, Carol Volk, trans., 162 p. (1990)


French-American Relations
The American Enemy: The History of French Anti-Americanism, by Philippe Roger, Sharon Bowman, trans., 536 p. (2005)
Reconcilable Differences: US-French Relations in the New Era , by Michael Brenner, Guillaume Parmentier, 208 p. (2000)
Dangerous De-Liaisons : What's Really Behind the War between France and the U.S., by Jean-Marie Colombani, Walter Wells, 168 p. (2004)
Seducing the French: The Dilemma of Americanization, by Richard F. Kuisel, 296 p. (1997)
The French War Against America: How a Trusted Ally Betrayed Washington and the Founding Fathers, by Harlow Giles Unger, 304 p. (2005)
Napoleon's Troublesome Americans: Franco-American Relations, 1804-1815, by Peter P. Hill, 289 p. (2005)


Franco-American & Franco-Canadian Immigration & Communities
The French in the United States: An Ethnographic Study, by Jacqueline Lindenfeld, 184 p. (2000)
Contemporary French immigrants have a high degree of integration into American society in terms of socio-demographic features and behavior patterns. While the foreign-born generation maintains a French identity beneath the surface, acculturation seems inevitable in later generations, due to a variety of social and attitudinal factors. Lindenfeld examines these factors, shedding light on a population that has, until now, remained fairly invisible.
La Nouvelle France: The Making of French Canada - A Cultural History , by Peter N. Moogk, 340 p. (2000)
The book explores the troubled historical relationship between the inhabitants of French- and English-speaking Canada while also investigating colonial social institutions, values, and experiences that shaped modern French Canada.
Franco-Americans of New England: Dreams and Realities, by Yves Roby, 543 p. (2004)
The French-Canadian Heritage in New England, by Gerard J. Brault, 312 (1986)
A comprehensive historical, sociological, and cultural introduction to the sizable Franco-American population in New England.
French, Cajun, Creole, Houma: A Primer on Francophone Louisiana, by Carl A. Brasseaux, 159 p. (2005)
In recent years, ethnographers have recognized south Louisiana as home to perhaps the most complex rural society in North America. More than a dozen French-speaking immigrant groups have been identified there, Cajuns and white Creoles being the most famous. This guide to the amazing social, cultural, and linguistic variation within Louisiana’s French-speaking region presents an overview of the origins and evolution of all the Francophone communities.
The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph, by Dean W. Jobb, 272 p. (2005)
Beginning in 1755, 10,000 people of French ancestry were expelled from their homes along Canada's east coast by a tyrannical British governor. The deportation was a deliberate attempt to destroy a people and wipe out a distinct culture. It failed. Today, there are an estimated 3 million Acadian descendants worldwide... Thousands of deportees made their way to Louisiana, where "Acadian" was transmuted to "Cajun," and the new surroundings forged a distinct culture.
The Cajuns: Americanization of a People, by Shane K. Bernard, 196 p. (2003)
Creoles and Cajuns: French Louisiana - La Louisiane Francaise, by Wolfgang Binder, ed., 344 p. (1998)
French and Creole in Louisiana, by Albert Valdman, ed., 388 p. (1997)
French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists, by Joyce Soltis Banachowski, Linda K. Boyea, et al., 320 p. (2002)


Franco-American Literature
Cajun and Creole Folktales: The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana, by Barry Jean Ancelet, 224 p. (1994)
This is the largest, most diverse, and best-annotated collection of French-language tales ever published in the United States; all of the tales appear in both the original Cajun French and in English translation.
Cajun Folktales, by J. J. Reneaux, 176 p. (1994)
Gumbo Ya-Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales, by Lyle Saxon, Edward Dreyer, Robert Tallant, 581 p. (1987)

Francophone Culture & Customs

Life & Culture of France
Themes in French Culture: A Preface to a Study of French Community, by Rhoda Metraux, Margaret Mead, 132 p. (reprint 2001)
Savoir-Flair: 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French, by Polly Platt, Ande Grchich , 304 p. (2000)
The French Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the French, by Ross Steele, 112 p. (1995)
Culture and Customs of France, by W. Scott Haine, 200 p. (2005)
When in France, Do as the French Do, by Ross Steele, 192 p. (2002)
Au Contraire! Figuring Out The French, by Gilles Asselin, Ruth Mastron, 305 p. (2001)
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris, by Sarah Turnbull, 288 p. (2003)
C'est la Vie: An American Conquers the City of Light, Begins a New Life, and Becomes--Zut Alors!--Almost French, by Suzy Gershman, 288 p. (2004)
French Food: On the Table, On the Page, and in French Culture, by Lawrence R. Schehr, Allen S. Weiss, eds., 262 p. (2001)
The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour , by Joan DeJean, 320 p. (2005)


French Cultural Studies
The Cambridge Companion to Modern French Culture, by Nicholas Hewitt, ed., 378 p. (2003)
Contemporary French Cultural Studies, by Sian Reynolds, William Kidd, eds., 322 p. (2000)
French Cultural Studies: An Introduction, by Jill Forbes, Michael Kelly, 352 p. (1995)
French Popular Culture: An Introduction, by Hugh Dauncey, ed., 320 p. (2003)
Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture, by Alex Hughes, Keith Reader, eds., 624 p. (2001)
Handbook of French Popular Culture, by Pierre L. Horn, ed., 320 p. (1991)
Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society, by David J. Howarth, Georgios Varouxakis, 288 p. (2003)
France in an Age of Globalization, by Hubert Vedrine, Dominique Moisi, Philip H. Gordon, trans., 190 p. (2001)
Reinventing France: State and Society in the 21st Century, by Susan Milner, Nick Parsons, eds., 240 p. (2004)


Francophone Cultures
French Civilization and Its Discontents: Nationalism, Colonialism, Race : Nationalism, Colonialism, Race, by Tyler Stovall, 288 p. (2003)
The book explores how considerations of difference -- especially colonialism, post-colonialism, and race -- have shaped French culture and French studies in the modern era. Rejecting traditional assimilationist notions of French national identity, contributors to this groundbreaking volume demonstrate how literature, history and other aspects of what is considered French civilization have been shaped by processes of creolization and differentiation.
L'Aventure: An Introduction to French Language and Francophone Cultures, by Evelyne Charvier-Berman, Anne C. Cummings, 288 p. (1998)
Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture, by Brenda F. Berrian, 302 p. (2000)

 

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