Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Early Modern Play: Three Perspectives

  • Bret Rothstein (a1)

Extract

Let us Draw on the past as we look toward the future. Specifically, let us begin with the Propositiones ad acuendos juvenes, or “Problems to Sharpen the Young,” by Alcuin of York. Written sometime in the later eighth century, this text offers a number of logical and mathematical problems meant, as the title suggests, to refine one’s intellect. Some of the problems are fairly straightforward, as in the case of a question about how many sheep might fit in a field measuring 200 × 100 feet, with each sheep being allocated a space of 5 × 4 feet. Others, like de porcis, are somewhat trickier. This latter example is an impossible puzzle that asks how one might slaughter 300 pigs in three days by only slaughtering an odd number on each of the days.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Alcuin of York. “Problems to Sharpen the Young.” Ed. and trans. John Hadley and David Singmaster. The Mathematical Gazette 76.475 (1992): 102–26.10.2307/3620384
Anchor, Robert. “History and Play: Johan Huizinga and His Critics.” History and Theory 17.1 (1978): 63–93.10.2307/2504901
Arcangeli, Alessandro. Recreation in the Renaissance: Attitudes towards Leisure and Pastimes in European Culture, ca. 1425–1675. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.10.1057/9780230507982
Ariès, Philippe, and Jean-Claude Margolin, eds. Les Jeux à la Renaissance: Actes du XXIIIe colloque international d’études humanistes, Tours–Juillet 1980. Paris: J. Vrin, 1982.
Bogost, Ian. “Why Gamification is Bullshit.” In The Gameful World: Approaches, Issues, Applications, ed. Steffen P. Walz and Sebastian Deterding, 65–79. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.
Burke, Peter. “The Invention of Leisure in Early Modern Europe.” Past & Present 146 (February 1995): 136–50.10.1093/past/146.1.136
Caillois, Robert. Man Play, and Games. Trans. Meyer Barash. New York: Free Press, 1961.
Caillois, Robert. “Mimicry and Legendary Psychaesthenia.” Trans. John Shepley. October 31 (Winter 1984): 16–32.10.2307/778354
Elias, Norbert, and Eric Dunning. Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986.
Fink, Eugen. Play as Symbol of the World and Other Writings. Trans. Ian Alexander Moore and Christopher Turner. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2016.
Forsyth, Hazel, with Geoff Egan. Toys Trifles, and Trinkets: Base Metal Miniatures from London’s River Foreshore, 1150–1800. London: Unicorn Press, 2004.
Gombrich, Ernst H. “Huizinga’s Homo ludens.” BMGN—Low Countries Historical Review 88.2 (1973): 275–96.
Hamburger, Jeffrey H. “Speculations on Speculation: Vision and Perception in the Theory and Practice of Mystical Devotion.” In Deutsche Mystik in abendländischen Zusammenhang: Neue erschlossene Text, neue methodische Ansätze, neue theoretische Konzepte, ed. Walter Haug and Wolfram Schneider-Lastin, 353–407. Tübingen: Max Neimeyer, 2000.
Huizinga, Johan. Homo ludens: Proeve eener bepaling van het spel-element der cultuur (1940). In Verzamelde werken, ed. L. Brummel, W. R. Juynboll, and T. J. G. Locher, 5:26–246 (Cultuurgeschiedenis III). Haarlem: H. D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1950.
Murray, Harold James Ruthven. A History of Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913.
Pacioli, Luca. De viribus quantitatis. Ed. Maria Garlaschi Peirani and Augusto Marinoni. Milan: Raccolta Vinciana, 1997.
Passare il tempo: La letteratura del gioco e dell’intrattenimento dal XII al XVI secolo: Atti del Convegno di Pienza, 10–14 settembre 1991. Rome: Salerno, 1993.
Russell, Bertrand. “In Praise of Idleness.” Harper’s Monthly Magazine 165 (1 June 1932): 552–59.
Suits, Bernard. The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia. Rev. ed. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2005.
Willemsen, Annemarieke. Kinder delijt: Middeleeuws speelgoed in de Nederlanden. Nijmegen: Nijmegen University Press, 1998.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Philosophical Investigations. Trans. G. E. M. Anscombe. Rev. ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Early Modern Play: Three Perspectives

  • Bret Rothstein (a1)

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed