Theories of Play and Postmodern Fiction

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Routledge, May 13, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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Drawing on developments in critical theory and postmodernist fiction, this study makes an important contribution to the appreciation of playforms in language, texts, and cultural practices. Tracing trajectories in theories of play and game, and with particular attention to the writings of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, and Derrida, the author argues that the concept of play provides perspectives on language and communication processes useful both for analysis of literary texts and also for understanding the interactive nature of constructions of knowledge.

 

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Contents

Duplicity as Virtue Playful Texts and Textualised Players
76
Interlude
272
Bibliography
277

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Brian Edwards is Professor and Associate Head of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he has taught courses as a faculty member for ten years. He has authored books in several categories, including technical non-fiction, literary fiction, and action-adventure, and has written and illustrated children's books. His academic research is directed at the theory of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, which is quite useful from a practical, engineering perspective but rather dry to write about. His seminal textbook in this area, 'Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems, ' was the first thermodynamics monograph to sell over 5,000,000 copies in his own imagination. When he isn't wasting his time pondering deep thoughts about that stuff, he is doing something else, like writing novels about other strange, desperate people, because he goes certifiably nuts if he isn't constantly doing something.

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