Auctor Ludens: Essays on Play in Literature (Cultura Ludens 2)

Auctor Ludens: Essays on Play in Literature (Cultura Ludens 2)

By: Andrew Hurley (editor), Gerald Guinness (editor)Paperback

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This is a book about play practice rather than play theory. Of course, practice presupposes theory, but here the editors choose to keep general theoretical assumptions under cover rather then force them into explicitness. The contributors to this volume were given free rein to discuss whatsoever aspect of literary play caught their fancy. The absence of a predetermined theoretical framework has resulted in an idiosyntractic volume on the different forms of play.


1. Preface; 2. Pre-Lude; 3. From Spells to Spills (by Guinness, Gerald); 4. Superliminal Note (by Shattuck, Roger); 5. Part I: Authors at Play; 6. 1. Playing with the Audience; 7. To "Make" an Audience, or a Night's Dalliance (by Hurley, Andrew); 8. Brecht and the Scientific Spirit of Playfulness (by Esslin, Martin); 9. 2. Playing with the Canon; 10. Hagiographic (Dis)play: Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale," (by Wilson, Katharina); 11. Playing with Fire and Brimstone: Auctor Ludens, Diabolus Ludicrus (by Lewis, William D.); 12. 3. Playing with Authorship; 13. Acts of Willful Play (by Isle, Walter); 14. The Playful Atoms of Jorge Luis Borges (by Coleman, Alexander); 15. Inter-Lude; 16. Play-Translations (by Guinness, Gerald); 17. Part II: The Games of Literature; 18. 1. Literature as Game of Pleasure; 19. Amorous Agon, Erotic Flyting: Some Play-Motifs in the Literature of Love (by Warnke, Frank J.); 20. From Play to Plays: The Folklore of Comedy (by Levin, Harry); 21. Waiting for the Other Shoe: Some Observations on Rhyme (by Hurley, Andrew); 22. 2. Literature and Role-Playing; 23. Playing for Life in Donne's Elegies and Songs and Sonnets (by Guinness, Gerald); 24. The Games of Consciousness in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," (by Spariosu, Mihai); 25. 3. Literature as Existential Play; 26. Games for Death and Two Maidens (by Clausen, Christopher); 27. Godot's Games and Beckett's Late Plays (by Cohn, Ruby); 28. Post-Lude; 29. List of Works Cited; 30. Note on Contributors; 31. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027242303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 238
  • ID: 9789027242303
  • weight: 325
  • ISBN10: 9027242305

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