Transnational modern languages: a handbook

Jennifer Burns (Editor), Derek Duncan (Editor)

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The intellectual foundation of the book and the series is that Modern Languages as a specific discipline is an expert mode of inquiry whose founding research question is that of how languages and cultures operate and interact across diverse axes of connection. The aim of this book is to offer a series of varied and complimentary examples of cultural and linguistic interaction in order to foreground, from a methodologically informed perspective, how this disciplinary specificity and expertise might be conveyed in a university teaching situation. The value of this kind of research led teaching practice is to demonstrate that an inclusive, transnational vision and practice of Modern Languages is central to understanding human interaction in a globalized society. One of the things that the series will achieve is the articulation of a vision of Modern Languages attentive to linguistic and cultural specificity across national borders. It is a version of Modern Languages fully respondent to contemporary practices of human mobility and cultural exchange.

The aim of this book is to provide an effective and useable theoretical and thematically diverse introduction to the ‘national’ volumes in the Transnational Modern Languages series. It will function as an extended and indispensable glossary and companion to the other volumes whose primary readership comprises undergraduate students in Modern Languages and related programmes of cultural studies. Each short essay engages with a key concept in cultural study and does so from the perspective of research in Modern Languages. The subject matter of the essays in this volume is drawn from different language areas and crosses a wide chronological range. The essays do not simply provide broad coverage, but rather offer a flexible and practical methodology for the study of cultures in a transnational framework.

The chapters in the book are not organised according to any fixed structure. The introductory chapter sets out some of the key themes picked up in different ways by the chapters which follow, each of which deals with a major area of current inquiry in Cultural Studies and Modern Languages from a transnational perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLiverpool
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Number of pages342
ISBN (Electronic)9781800345560
ISBN (Print)9781800348493
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2022

Publication series

NameTransnational modern languages


  • Language teaching theory and methods
  • Transnational
  • Creative pedagogies
  • Innovative and inclusive methodologies
  • Ethical study
  • Research practice in modern languages


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