Cross Cultural Questions

There are two interpretative moments, where you could elaborate on by raising a Cross-cultural Question.

When you think about the meaning of the (lack of the) moon, you could additionally ask: Is there the possibility that the symbolic meaning of the object MOON has a different/special significance in the text’s original culture?

When you think about the meaning of the crippled men in uniform, you could ask: Is there the possibility that the symbolic meaning of the WWII VETERAN has a different/special significance in the text’s original culture?

One of these follow-ups makes more sense. Please reflect a moment before going to the next slide…

Following up on the symbolic meaning of the moon does not make too much sense. The symbolic value of Moon is very similar in all western cultures.

However, following up on the symbolic value of the WWII veteran seems to be more promising. The symbolic value of a WWII veteran is very different in Germany and in America. I will illustrate the difference with these two images.

Without awareness for cultural differences between German and American reception of a WWII veteran, a reader will not be able to form an accurate understanding of the text. Formulating Cross-cultural Questions will help you to increase your cross-cultural awareness.

So, when appropriate, formulate the Cross-cultural follow-up Question after the Interpretative Question:

Is there the possibility that the symbolic meaning (of …) has a different/special significance in the text’s original culture?