Although France emerged victorious from the First World War, it also faced numerous economic, political, and social challenges. One of the most prominent of these was the so-called “American invasion” of French culture, symbolized by the arrival of American commercial products and tourists as well as of jazz and Hollywood films. Examine the presence of American culture in France in the interwar period and how the United States became a symbol of modernity and sometimes unwelcome changes at home, among them evolving gender roles and the arrival of consumer society.
Venita Datta, professor, French Studies, Wellesley College
Above: Henri Matisse, Interior with Phonograph, 1924. Oil on canvas. Torino, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.