Auctor Ludens

Essays on Play in Literature

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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.
[Cultura Ludens, 2]  1986.  ix, 204 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
Pre-Lude
From Spells to Spills
Gerald Guinness
1
Superliminal Note
Roger Shattuck
9
Part I: Authors at Play
1. Playing with the Audience
To “Make” an Audience, or a Night's Dalliance
Andrew Hurley
15
Brecht and the Scientific Spirit of Playfulness
Martin Esslin
25
2. Playing with the Canon
Hagiographic (Dis)play: Chaucer's “The Miller's Tale,”
Katharina Wilson
37
Playing with Fire and Brimstone: Auctor Ludens, Diabolus Ludicrus
William D. Lewis
47
3. Playing with Authorship
Acts of Willful Play
Walter Isle
63
The Playful Atoms of Jorge Luis Borges
Alexander Coleman
75
Inter-Lude
Play-Translations
Gerald Guinness
91
Part II: The Games of Literature
1. Literature as Game of Pleasure
Amorous Agon, Erotic Flyting: Some Play-Motifs in the Literature of Love
Frank J. Warnke †
99
From Play to Plays: The Folklore of Comedy
Harry Levin
113
Waiting for the Other Shoe: Some Observations on Rhyme
Andrew Hurley
127
2. Literature and Role-Playing
Playing for Life in Donne's Elegies and Songs and Sonnets
Gerald Guinness
137
The Games of Consciousness in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,”
Mihai Spariosu
157
3. Literature as Existential Play
Games for Death and Two Maidens
Christopher Clausen
171
Godot's Games and Beckett's Late Plays
Ruby Cohn
183
Post-Lude
191
List of Works Cited
195
Note on Contributors
199
Index
201
Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  86004247