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ERIC Number: EJ831730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
Elusive '68: The Challenge to Pedagogy
Donahue, William Collins
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v41 n2 p113-123 Fall 2008
Teaching '68 presents pedagogical challenges far greater than assembling a set of workable classroom materials. Divisive controversies that were the hallmark of the time--e.g., the debate over the nature and appropriate use of violence--are with us still, though in a somewhat different form. Further, the instructor's own politics and positionality can hardly be ignored--as they will certainly not be overlooked by our students. Additionally, this essay argues that fundamental terms (such as who qualifies as a '68er) remain problematic; that the instrumentalization of the Holocaust by the German New Left continues to affect political decisions down to the present; that our investment as teachers in poststructuralist literary theory may--perhaps inadvertently--affect the way we view and therefore teach '68; and, finally, that there is a pressing need, despite a recent explosion in Germany of publications celebrating the fortieth anniversary of '68, for a didacticized reader designed for the North American German Studies classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany