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Teaching German in Twentieth-Century America
Edited by David P. Benseler, Craig W. Nickisch,
and Cora Lee Nollendorfs

Monatshefte Occasional Volumes

From Schiller and Goethe to ...whom?

Teaching a foreign language and culture is always a challenge, but it has been especially problematic to teach the German language and culture in the United States in the twentieth century. The tradition of Germany's great poets and thinkers of the past has been joined by a starker legacy. Through explorations of such topics as the world wars, the Holocaust, women in the language-teaching profession, Jewish contributions, and technology's impact on scholarship, this volume inspects the fascination and frustrating relationships of the two cultures as they interact through the teaching of German in American educational systems—from small liberal arts colleges to large and famous universities. This volume resulted from a conference, "Shaping Forces in American Germanics," held in Madison, Wisconsin in September 1996.

David P. Benseler
is the Emile B. de Sauzé Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University and former editor of Modern Language Journal. Craig W. Nickisch is professor of foreign languages at Idaho State University and editor of the journal Selecta. Cora Lee Nollendorfs is professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and editor of the journal Monatshefte.

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August 2000

300 pp.   6 x 9
6 charts, 6 b/w photos

The cloth edition ISBN 978-0-299-16830-8 is currently out of print.


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