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 Ritual, Play, and Boundaries

Adam B. Seligman, Robert P. Weller, Michael J. Puett, and Bennett Simon

in Ritual and Its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195336009
eISBN:
9780199868933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336009.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter takes up the “as if” worlds of play. The first half discusses how the literature on play helps reveal important variations in the world of ritual by clarifying how ritual relates to ... More


Huizinga and the Homo Ludens Hypothesis

in Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226155463
eISBN:
9780226155494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226155494.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter examines the contents of Johan Huizinga's book Homo Ludens about athletics. Huizinga tried to explain human culture as possible by way of the ludic: athletics as well as language and ... More


West of the Magic Circle: The Orientalist Origins of Game Studies

Tara Fickle

in The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781479868551
eISBN:
9781479805686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868551.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter radically revises our understanding of game studies’ conceptual foundations by revealing the Orientalist assumptions embedded in Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens (1938) and Roger Caillois’s ... More


The Idea of the Civic Triumph

Gordon Kipling

in Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy, and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117612
eISBN:
9780191671012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117612.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The cities of northern Europe celebrated the ceremonial arrivals of their sovereigns with dramatic embellishments of an already colourful ritual that can be traced back to late classical times. Civic ... More


Introduction

Gordon Kipling

in Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy, and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117612
eISBN:
9780191671012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117612.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Over a half-century ago, the Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga insisted upon the importance of the festival as the ‘supreme expression’ of late medieval culture, ‘the highest mode of collective ... More


Artful Play

Mary Carruthers

in The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199590322
eISBN:
9780191804540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199590322.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter begins with a discussion of the meaning of ‘medieval aesthetics’. It then analyses Homo ludens, medieval historian Johan Huizinga's influential theoretical work on the nature of play ... More


Introduction

Thomas S. Henricks

in Play and the Human Condition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039072
eISBN:
9780252097058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039072.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Psychology and Interaction

This book examines the causes, consequences, and contexts of play. It explores how we learn about ourselves and the world—and about the intersection of these two realms—through acts of play. The book ... More


The Play of Possibility

Thomas S. Henricks

in Play and the Human Condition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039072
eISBN:
9780252097058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039072.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Social Psychology and Interaction

This final chapter summarizes the book's major themes, including the thesis that play is a distinctive strategy of meaning-making that finds its end in self-realization. It begins with a discussion ... More


Name Games: Analyzing Game Studies (Third Interlude)

Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

in Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034357
eISBN:
9780262332064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

How can you study the emergence of a field through a new journal? Chapter 8, the third Interlude, looks at ten years of the online journal Game Studies as a way of looking at the new field of game ... More


The Value of Literature Today

Mark William Roche

in Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104493
eISBN:
9780300129595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104493.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter talks about the value of art in today's society, particularly what extent art has been able to address the consequences of technology. The chapter takes note of some examples through ... More


“Now I Think Nobody Can Keep Me from Becoming a Doctor”

Thomas Söderqvist

in Science as Autobiography: The Troubled Life of Niels Jern

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300094411
eISBN:
9780300128710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300094411.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes how Niels Jerne started over. Nearly four years had passed since Niels had interrupted his premedical studies, during which time he had hardly touched his textbooks. He ... More


Conclusion: Lawyers at Play Redux

Jessica Winston

in Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198769422
eISBN:
9780191822421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The conclusion examines a portrait of William Naylor (1532–71) to summarize some of the major arguments of the book. Turning to theories of play, it examines why literary play was so important to ... More


The Burgundian UnionBy Way of Introduction

Robert Stein

in Magnanimous Dukes and Rising States: The Unification of the Burgundian Netherlands, 1380-1480

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198757108
eISBN:
9780191817014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757108.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The first chapter has an introductory character. It explains the chronological and geographical scope of the present study, focusing on the reign of the dukes of Valois-Burgundy, who united ten ... More


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