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National Stereotypes in Perspective

Americans in France, Frenchmen in America


Edited by William L. Chew III

Since the late 18th century, when they first entered into an alliance during the American Revolution, the French and Americans have had a long and sometimes stormy relationship based on a complex mix of mutual admiration, cultural criticism, and sometimes downright disgust for the “other.” The relatively new interdisciplinary field of imagology, or image studies, allows us to place the dynamics of such a relationship into perspective by grounding its analysis firmly in the study of national stereotypes, in the process providing new insights into the mentality of the observer. For if anything, image studies demonstrate again and again that national character is not–as assumed uncritically for centuries–an innate essence of the “other”, but rather a self-serving functional construct of the observer.




Edited by Joep Leerssen and Menno Spiering

Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McWeeny

Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to advancing scholarship on themes relevant to Simone de Beauvoir’s legacy, such as gender and sexuality, race and culture, feminism, existentialism, literature, and political activism. Founded in 1983, the journal emphasizes diverse social, cultural, and disciplinary approaches to its topics and promotes international and cross-cultural exchange. SdBS not only publishes articles that directly investigate Beauvoir’s oeuvre, but also those that do not treat her writings per se but nonetheless make a significant contribution to connected discourses. SdBS publishes creative, journalistic, autobiographical, and experimental writing in addition to research, scholarly articles, and book reviews. Articles are published in English and French.

La revue Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) est une publication multidisciplinaire arbitrée par des pairs. Elle se consacre à la recherche traitant de thématiques en lien avec l’héritage de Simone de Beauvoir, telles que les études sur le genre ( gender studies), la sexualité, le féminisme, les rapports interculturels, le postcolonialisme, le militantisme politique, l’existentialisme et la littérature. Fondée en 1983, la revue a pour objectif d’enrichir diverses approches théoriques et de promouvoir les échanges internationaux et transculturels. SdBS publie non seulement des articles qui analysent directement l’œuvre de Beauvoir, mais également des travaux qui, sans aborder ses écrits en tant que tels, apportent néanmoins une contribution significative au dialogue amorcé par ceux-ci. La revue édite des textes autobiographiques, créatifs, essayistiques et journalistiques en plus d’études scientifiques et de recensions critiques. Les articles sont publiés en anglais et en français.