New book, Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games

MIP, the university press at Kalamazoo, announces the April 2017 publication of ‘Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games,’ a collection of essays edited by Allison Levy.

An innovative volume of fifteen interdisciplinary essays at the nexus of material culture, performance studies, and game theory, ‘Playthings in Early Modernity’ emphasizes the rules of the game(s) as well as the breaking of those rules. Thus, the titular ‘plaything’ is understood as both an object and a person, and play, in the early modern world, is treated not merely as a pastime, a leisurely pursuit, but as a pivotal part of daily life, a strategic psychosocial endeavor.

‘Playthings in Early Modernity’ is the inaugural volume in MIP’s new book series ‘Ludic Cultures, 1100-1700.’

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