This book spans literary and linguistic study, with the pedagogic aim of integrating the two on the basis of some diverse and in part challenging material associated with the cultural genre
Creative Misbehaviour is proposed as both a conception for the operation of
Kabarett and an approach to language learning.
Major sections of the work combine generality and precise reference to a range of relevant
Kabarett texts from different periods, some contemporary. Internal, intertextual and contextual aspects of
Kabarett material are explored, and features which could be usefully exploited in teaching, as well as the inherent desiderata and potential difficulties, are highlighted.
The book refers to findings from related disciplines (e.g. psychology) in order to focus on ‘bisociation’ as a core characteristic of
Kabarett and to develop a theoretical framework for analysing
Kabarett. This theoretical framework is the basis for the planning of
Kabarett-based courses in German as a foreign language. Other relevant features are the description and documentation of a pilot
Kabarett project, and a set of detailed teaching-learning schedules for a proposed course.
By investigating the use of German
Kabarett within advanced foreign language learning classrooms, this book has moved into a relatively new field of research. Many of the findings will be of relevance to the use of English satirical texts in language learning contexts.