Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2023, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (3): 5-13.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.03.001

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The Cross-disciplinary and Digital-Humanities Method in the Study of Foreign Literature

ZHANG Jian()   

  • Online:2023-06-23 Published:2023-07-31


Within the discipline of Foreign Language and Literature (FLL), literature and country-and-area studies have lagged behind linguistics and translation studies in developing cross-disciplinary approaches and strategies, but this situation is likely to change in the near future. This essay discusses the discipline’s boundary and the possibility of cross-disciplinary studies. In the past 50 years, the FLL discipline has gone through two periods of development: first the emphasis on boundary and independence, then the opening-up and the emphasis on cross-disciplinary study—the brief history indicates that the latter has become the order of the day and the direction of future development. In this age of information technology, big data and AI will provide new opportunities and challenges for FLL, which if we dare grasp them, will usher in a new era of innovative development for the discipline.

Key words: foreign literature, disciplinary boundary, cross-disciplinary study, digital humanities

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