Board minutes provide valuable insights into the inner workings of the association. Alongside the minutes, discover newsletters from 1999 to 2012, as well as statements and obituaries honoring esteemed former members! For physical records, papers, and memorabilia of the EAAS, they are housed at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Book Reviews

Reviews of European monographs and essay collections in the field of American Studies have been featured in the European Journal of American Studies since 2006. Please go to To access older reviews, click below.

Arapoglou, Eleftheria. Review of Journey into Otherness: Essays in North American History, Culture and Literature, edited by Ada Savin, European Contributions to American Studies, VU University Press, 2005, 224 pp.

Despotopoulou, Anna. Review of Spaces of Utopia in the Writings of Henry James, by Roxana Oltean, Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 2005, 219 pp.

González, Begoña Simal. Review of Close Encounters of an Other Kind: New Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and American Studies, edited by Roy Goldblatt, Jopi Nyman and John A. Stotesbury, University of Joensuu, 2005, 278 pp.

Humphries, Reynold. Review of The Films of Tod Browning, edited by Bernd Herzogenrath, Black Dog Publishing, 2006, 238 pp.

Kalfopoulou, Adrianne. Review of Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, Motherhood in Sylvia Plath's Work, by Nephie Christodoulides, Rodopi, 2005, 264 pp.

Kalfopoulou, Adrianne. Review of The Empty Cradle of Democracy, Sex, Abortion, and Nationalism in Modern Greece, by Alexandra Halkias, Duke University Press, 2004, 413 pp.

Lievens, Bart. Review of Unshtetling Narratives. Depictions of Jewish Identities in British and American Literature, by Cheryl Alexander Malcolm, with a foreword by Jules Chametzky, Poetry Salzburg, 2006, 214 pp.

Taugis, Michaël. Review of Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America, by Eric J. Sundquist, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005, 662 pp.

Theodosiadou, Youli. Review of Madison Jones’ Garden of Innocence, edited by Jan Nordby Gretlund, University Press of Southern Denmark, 2005, 207 pp.

EAAS Statement on Ukraine

April 2022

The EAAS is a pan-European association of twenty-one national and regional American Studies associations. We are committed to co-operation and intercommunication between scholars from all parts of Europe and across all academic disciplines. The principles of academic freedom, the freedom of expression, and the freedom of identity are core values of who we are as a community.

The outbreak of military conflict in Ukraine this week, coming after a prolonged period of tension and violence in the region in recent years, is utterly deplorable. We call on all parties to enter dialogue immediately in the search for a sustainable peace.

We stand in support of the people of Ukraine.

The Board of the European Association for American Studies

EAAS Statement on Academic Freedom in Support of L’Association Française d’Études Americaines (AFEA)

4 May 2021

The EAAS is a pan-European association of twenty-one national and regional American Studies associations and is the largest American Studies association in the world. We are committed to the research, study, and teaching of all areas of American culture and society, and we promote co-operation and intercommunication between European scholars of the United States from all parts of Europe and across all academic disciplines, established and emergent.

We are committed to the principles of academic freedom and the freedom of expression. We note with grave concern recent developments in France that question or seek to undermine these principles, and we send our solidarity and support to all academics in France working to expand our understanding of the world in which we live. For centuries, France has stood as a beacon of intellectual freedom and of progressive thinking. That is the France that has, rightly, held a pre-eminent position in the development of theories of cultural, political and social justice, and to which generations of scholars have turned for inspiration. We ask that the French government publicly commits itself to the fundamental principle of academic freedom and to supporting the right of all academics to pursue their research and critical enquiries without fear of reprimand or censure.

The Board of the European Association for American Studies


In memoriam: François Brunet (1960–2018)

François BRUNET, Professor of American Studies at Université Paris-Diderot and member of the Advisory Board of the European Journal of American Studies, and, for the last nine years, Director of the Collège Franco-Britannique of the Cité Universitaire Internationale, died suddenly last Christmas night, leaving his wife Lilli and four children. He was 58.

François was admired and loved by all his colleagues and students, both for his uncommon intellectual profile and scholarly productions and for an endearing personality betrayed at all times by the special spark in his very dark intense eyes, a spark one could not help associating with his interest in photography. His death put an untimely end to an improbable, unusual career, crowned by his election at the Institut Universitaire de France.

An ex-student of the École Normale Supérieure, one of the very rare laureates of the redoubtable Agrégation de Grammaire, he specialized in Classics, taught Latin and Greek ; he also spoke Russian from his adolescence on. Insatiably curious of all things (his delightful collection of odd postcards was impressive, he co-edited a dictionary of English and American slang…), he early became interested in American literature and photography, wrote a doctoral dissertation (1993) on the pictures taken by early scientific expeditions in the American West by O’Sullivan and Watkins. The important exhibition he organized in 2007 at the Musée d’Art Américain in Giverny was fed by this research.

His main published theoretical contributions to the study of the art of photography stretch from La Naissance de l’idée de photographie [The Birth of the notion of photography] (Presses universitaires de France, 2000) to his recent La Photographie : histoire et contre-histoire (P.U.F., 2017). He had recently been working on American chemist and historian of photography Robert Taft (1894-1955). But his name will also remain attached to the massive L’Amérique des images, an oversized 400-page collaborative production, ten years in the making, published under his direction by Éditions Hazan and Université Paris-Diderot, with the support of the Terra Foundation for American Art ; this precious mine of often neglected or rare images covers visual history and culture between the birth of the nation and our times (1700-2010).

We deeply mourn the loss of a generous friend and dedicated scholar. Where are your wit and your wonderful sense of humour, François, now that we need consolation?

Marc Chénetier,

EAAS President 2004-2008.

In Memoriam: Maurice Gonnaud (1925-2017)

Maurice GONNAUD, who presided over the destinies of the French Association between 1973 and 1980, became the third president of EAAS, after A.N.J den Hollander and Harry C. Allen. From 1980 to 1984, he worked for our common good along with vice-president Sergio Perosa, secretary Hans Bungert and treasurer Rob Kroes. He died on August 16, 2017. He was 92.

A highly principled scholar and citizen, a man of conviction, culture, measure and rectitude, generous with his time and dedicated to the joint cause of intellectual pursuit and European cooperation, he had studied classics before he turned to English at the end of the war, a legacy that shone through in his written prose and oral delivery, in his most urbane manners.

Begun while he taught at Bryn Mawr, his intellectual biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a lifelong concern, was defended by Maurice in 1964 but republished only in 1987 (Individu et société dans l'oeuvre de Ralph Waldo Emerson : essai de biographie spirituelle, Paris: Didier, 539 p.
) and only came out in translation, to great acclaim, in 2014 (An Uneasy Solitude: 
Individual and Society in the Work of Ralph Waldo Emerson
, Princeton Legacy Library), a belated but much deserved homage to this aging scholar. In it, he tried to come to terms with the sense of puzzlement he felt at first reading English Traits, to account for the strange "mixture of historical frescoes and crudely personal intrusions, instantaneous observations and waves of references and quotations", to understand an "incoherent alliance" of "peaceable egotism" and freshness that challenged his own "critical categories". Stating in hindsight one of his constant preoccupations, Maurice wrote in 2004 that what he most appreciated while doing this work was the necessity he thus faced "to unlearn a number of thought mechanisms long imprinted in [himself]" (Special issue of Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, n° 100, 2004).

Indeed, such an attitude was probably the main reason for which, in all the functions he scrupulously fulfilled while never derogating from his own moral principles, he elicited such trust and commanded such respect. His curiosity, desire to learn from others and ability to listen never left him.

A subtle and learned analyst of nineteenth-century American literature (he also notably co-authored, with Jean Béranger, La Littérature américaine jusqu'en 1865, Paris : Armand Colin, 1974, and published numerous articles on that period), he had begun his career at the University of Dijon (1953-1959) and been a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (1959-1961). He was elected Full Professor at the University of Lumière-Lyon II in 1961, a position he held till his retirement in 1986, after a year as Visiting Professor at Harvard in 1985, where he gave a lecture ("Democratic aesthetics") that became the basis for his latest contribution to the field, published in Transatlantica (

Our friendship began nearly 40 years ago, while we worked daily together for the better part of two years, organizing the 1982 Paris EAAS conference, not without a host of difficulties, as neither Maurice nor I taught at a Parisian university at the time. After he retired and we no longer met on professional grounds, we often corresponded and I tried, until last year, to go and see him in Ecully (near Lyon), where he lived, as often as I could. I will never forget the warm hug and encouragement he gave me in 2004 when I succeeded Josef Jarab as President of EAAS, nor the delightful welcome Mrs Gonnaud and he gave their visitors.

Only two weeks ago, I spoke to them on the phone. Maurice had just sent to the press a couple of well-weighed, principled letters dealing with current events. He sometimes had trouble standing, but still could take a stand. Not much white hair on his head ; none on his mind.

Having known him was a privilege and a joy.

Marc Chénetier

EAAS Archive in Mannheim, Germany

The archive was founded in 2006 as part of the EAAS Archives and History Project in order to professionally preserve, collect, organize and make available the records, papers and memorabilia of the European Association for American Studies. The origin of the collection goes back to the initiative of the late Hans Bungert (EAAS President 1988-92), who first undertook the task of preserving the files of former EAAS officers. The holdings include EAAS related papers of A.N.J. den Hollander, Harry Allen, Maurice Gonnaud, Sergio Perosa, Hans Bungert, Heinz Ickstadt, Orm Øverland, and Chris Bigsby. Their invaluable contributions have been complemented with materials like newsletters or conference programs generously donated to the archive by several EAAS members. During an on-site visit in April 2007, the EAAS Board took the opportunity to have a close look at the current state of the collections. Though still far from complete, the correspondences, records of meetings and conferences, Treasurer's reports, and publications (including a complete set of the EAAS Newsletter) make it possible to trace the association's development over fifty years.

For more information please contact the executive director of the German Association for American Studies.


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