Spielraum: Teaching German Through Theater - A New Book by Lisa Parkes

November 3, 2021

Lisa Parkes' Spielraum book cover (Routledge, 2022) is a sourcebook and guide for teaching German language and culture, as well as social, cross-cultural, and multi-ethnic tensions, through dramatic texts. This book presents a range of theoretical and practical resources for the growing number of teachers who wish to integrate drama and theater into their foreign-language curriculum. As such, it may be adopted as a flexible tool for teachers seeking ways to reinvigorate their language classrooms through drama pedagogy; to better connect language study to the study of literature and culture; to inspire curricular rejuvenation; or to embark on full-scale theater productions.

Focusing on specific dramatic works from the rich German-speaking tradition, each chapter introduces unique approaches to a play, theme, and genre, while also taking into account practical issues of performance.