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ERIC Number: ED077027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Pages: 8
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Interdisciplinary Approaches--Past and Present--to Foreign Language and Literature Studies.
Jaffe, Samuel
This paper discusses some past and present interdisciplinary approaches to foreign language and literature (FLL) studies. It is argued that the current unpopularity of FLL studies in the United States is the consequence of falling away from viable traditions of scholarship and teaching in this area. A model for reform which reawaken interest in FLL studies, is outlined using Germanic languages and literature as an example. An undergraduate program is proposed which is organized around a study of a number of historical periods in which the conflict between traditionalism and modernism is especially sharp. This program would use perspectives from political, social, economic, legal, cultural, and intellectual history to inform FLL studies. It is also suggested that a number of special elective courses for non-majors be offered dealing with narrow topics of broad interest, such as "The Literature of National Socialism." Recommendations are also made for an interdisciplinary program of FLL studies on the graduate level. (DI)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Assn. (14th, St. Louis, October 26-28, 1972)