Auctor Ludens: Essays on Play in Literature

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Gerald Guinness, Andrew Hurley
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1986 - Literary Criticism - 204 pages
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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.

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Contents

FROM SPELLS TO SPILLS
1
SUPERLIMINAL NOTE
9
Authors at Play
15
Playing with the Audience
15
Playing with the Canon
37
Playing with Authorship
63
InterLude
91
PlayTranslations
91
Literature as Game of Pleasure
99
Literature and RolePlaying
137
Literature as Existential Play
171
PostLude
191
LIST OF WORKS CITED
195
NOTE ON CONTRIBUTORS
199
INDEX
200
Copyright

The Games of Literature
99

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Andrew Hurley is a professor of history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Hurley is the author of Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 and Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis.

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