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Studying Fictional Representations of History in the L2 Classroom
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English. (Utbildning och lärande; KIG)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9990-5501
2012 (English)In: L2 Journal, ISSN 1945-0222, Vol. 4, no 1, 21-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

can be—and should be, it is argued—an integral part of all foreign and second language teaching

and learning. In particular, it is argued that the study of literary fiction within tertiary foreign

language education can function as a gateway for students to develop not only a stronger interest

in and knowledge of cultural history, but also a better understanding of the complexity of historical

representation, public memory and self-identity. Drawing on current theories of narrative discourse

and historical representation, as well as the experience of having taught a foreign language course

in Sweden dealing with fictional representations of culturally important periods in US history, the

paper shows how a personal engagement with these “little narratives,” to use Lyotard’s term, can

enhance foreign language students’ understanding of, not only important historical events and

periods in the shaping of contemporary American culture, but also of the importance of textual

representation and cultural “grand narratives” in the shaping of collective identities and personal

subjectivities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. Vol. 4, no 1, 21-36 p.
Keyword [en]
historical fiction, alternative narratives, L2 teaching and learning, critical literacy, American history and culture
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Kultur, identitet och gestaltning, Det amerikanska subjektets rekonstruktion: en studie av prisbelönad amerikansk skönlitterär prosa från 1990-talet; Utbildning och lärande
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11923OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-11923DiVA: diva2:608226
Available from: 2013-02-26 Created: 2013-02-26 Last updated: 2015-02-26Bibliographically approved

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