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Creative Misbehaviour

The Use of German "Kabarett</I> within Advanced Foreign Language Learning Classrooms


Joanne Maria McNally

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 Kabarett. 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.
Contents: Creative misbehaviour – Sanctioned cultural and linguistic code ‘violation’ – Cognitive and emotional dissonance – Layers of bisociation/condensed elements which need ‘inflating’, interpreting and evaluating – Examples of ‘higher-level congruence’ are especially relevant for combining cultural aspects and language work – Dialogic pedagogy, charged input and pushed output.