Une Etudiante american, en Provence.

TitleUne Etudiante american, en Provence.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsVanderford, Lisa M.
Academic DepartmentHistory
Thesis AdvisorSarasohn, Dr. Lisa
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in History and French
Number of Pages25
Date Published05/1996
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsfood, France, geography, history, influences

Located in the southern heart of France, Provence is a traditional, rural region of France, distinct for keeping alive traditions and lifestyles of the past. The purpose of this study is to explore the cultural history of Provence, France through an analysis of the geographical/cultural history, the geography of a Provenical city, a detailed look at provencia1 food, and everyday life, combined with a comparison to American lifestyles.

The geographical and cultural history is important to Provencal life. The language, founding and boundaries are integral to the unique cultural life in Provence. I will also look at the language patterns specific to Provence, and how they were developed. I will also discuss the differences between residential living in Oregon and Provence, and the differences in cafes and restaurants.

Food in Provence takes on a very important meaning. A meal in Provence, whether it be breakfast or dinner, is very important. The way the food is bought, where it is bought, prepared, and served are all important to the French lifestyle. Detailed Information will be provided on the history of traditional foods in Provence. Wine, cheese, and bread are important elements in the Provencial diet.
The people of Provence live very different lifestyles from their American counterparts. The sport of Boules, and an afternoon Pastis are important activities, and social customs found in Provence. Interviews and observations contribute to the discussion of social customs in Provence.
Lastly I will make comparisons and draw conclusions based on the cultural history in Provence, in relation to that of the U.S. My source include literature from Kerr and Knight library, interviews from professors and residents of Avignon, France, literature read while living in Avignon, a civilization course taken while in Avignon, a French culture class taken at OSU, and observations made while living in Avignon.