'Lector Ludens': The Representation Of Games & Play In Cervantes (Toronto Iberic)
'Lector Ludens': The Representation Of Games & Play In Cervantes (Toronto Iberic)

'Lector Ludens': The Representation Of Games & Play In Cervantes (Toronto Iberic)

  • Publish Date: 2014-09-17
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Michael Scham
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In sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, debating the acceptability of games and recreation was serious business. With Lector Ludens, Michael Scham uses Cervantess Don Quijote and Novelas ejemplares as the basis for a wide-ranging exploration of early modern Spanish views on recreations ranging from cards and dice to hunting, attending the theater, and reading fiction.

Shifting fluidly between modern theories of play, little-known Spanish treatises on leisure and games, and the evidence in Cervantess own works, Scham illuminates Cervantess intense fascination with games, play, and leisure, as well as the tensions in early modern Spain between the stern moralizing of the Counter-Reformation and the playfulness of Renaissance humanism.

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