Amsterdam University Press
Cultures of Play, 1300-1700
The Juggler & the Woman, c. 1495/1503, by Israhel van Meckenem
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Series editors

Bret Rothstein (Chair), Indiana University, Bloomington
Alessandro Arcangeli, Università di Verona
Christina Normore, Northwestern University

Geographical Scope
Europe and the Americas
Chronological Scope
1300-1700 CE
Keywords
Codes and codebreaking, games, sport, theater, ritual, education, material culture, riddles, rhymes, wit
Series

Cultures of Play, 1300-1700

Discipline:History

Cultures of Play, 1300-1700 provides a forum for investigating the full scope of medieval and early modern play, from toys and games to dramatic performances, from etiquette manuals and literary texts to bulls and tractates, from jousting to duels, and from education to early scientific investigation. Inspired by the foundational work of Johan Huizinga as well as later contributions by Roger Caillois, Eugen Fink, and Bernard Suits, this series publishes monographs and essay collections that address the ludic aspects of premodern life. The accent of this series falls on cultural practices that have thus far eluded traditional disciplinary models. Our goal is to make legible modes of thought and action that until recently seemed untraceable, thereby shaping the growing scholarly discourses on playfulness both past and present.

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