Auctor Ludens: Essays on Play in Literature by Gerald Guinness, Andrew Hurley

By Gerald Guinness, Andrew Hurley

It is a e-book approximately play perform instead of play concept. in fact, perform presupposes concept, yet the following the editors decide to retain common theoretical assumptions lower than disguise as opposed to strength them into explicitness. The individuals to this quantity got loose rein to debate whatever point of literary play stuck their fancy. The absence of a predetermined theoretical framework has led to an idiosyntractic quantity at the diverse sorts of play.

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The data of Moby-Dick are given to us in a jumble, which we are to hold and assimilate to ourselves and to further jumbles of data as the cetological chapters unfold. Moby-Dick is truly an encyclopedia, but hardly so easily grasped, so facilely organized as by alphabet. " We become accessories to the voyage and the experience of the voyage in a very intimate way, and Ishmael uses our own sense of that experience as a standard against which to measure his experience, and to ratify his sanity.

But there is a much more famous, and difficult-to-assemble, fiction which begins with the imperative. If it is "going a-whaling yourself," as Ishmael contends, if it can't ever be told, as Ishmael continually despairs of telling it, if it must be relived to be understood, then Moby-Dick needs you, and in fact "you" and its forms, including the imperative tense, are everywhere apparent in the text, in Ishmael's thoughts. Ishmael needs a friend, now Queequeg is dead, needs a listener like another Ancient Mariner, and the reader will be persuaded.

17, p. 1024. 266/7. 4 Ibid. 5 Ibid. p. 1023. The passage quoted was to form part of a book to be entitled Pedagogies. 6 Brecht, Anmerkung (zu den Lehrstuecken), Gesammelte Werke, vol. 17, p. 1035. , Gesammelte Werke, vol. 5, p. 432/3. 8 Roger Caillois, Jeux des Adultes in Jeux et Sports, Encyclopédie de la Pleiade, vol. XXIII, Paris, 1967. p. 174. 9 Brecht, (Notizen ueber) Die Dialektische Dramatik, Gesammelte Werke, vol. 15, p. 222. 10 Ibid. 11 Brecht, Haltung des Probenleiters (bei induktivem Vorgehen), Gesammelte Werke, vol.

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