Cross Cultural Questions
After having introduced the Basic Content Questions and the Interpretive Questions, we will now ask Cross-cultural Questions. This class of questions is especially important to cross-cultural readers of literary texts.
Is there the possibility that the symbolic meaning of certain textual features has a different significance in the text’s original culture?
The sequence is as follows:
(1) The starting point is an Interpretative Question.
e.g.: What does the character/setting/action/symbol stand for?
(2) Than you follow-up in some cases with a Cross-cultural Question to challenge your previous understanding.
e.g.: Is there the possibility that this symbolic meaning has a different significance in the text’s original culture?
(1) First step: Interpretive questions
What is the meaning of the fact that the main
character is a teacher?
(2) Follow-up step: Cross-cultural Question
Is there a possibility that the symbolic meaning of “teacher” has a different significance in the text’s original culture?