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carnivalesque

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian linguist and literary critic writing in the first half of the 20th century, used this term to characterize writing that depicts the de-stabilization or reversal...

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Friedrich Ludwig Jahn

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Literature.

(1778–1852)

A German Prussian gymnastics educator, the inventor of Turnen, who allied a belief in the benefits of physical exercise to a creed of collective nationalism. Widely...

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Johan Huizinga

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(1872–1945)

A Dutch historian and pioneer of modern forms of cultural history. Huizinga's Homo Ludens—A Study of the Play Element in Culture (1938, English translation 1949) is a...

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negative dialectic

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A new form of dialectical thinking developed by Theodor Adorno in Negative Dialektik (1966), translated as Negative Dialectics (1973), which many regard as his magnum opus. Written with the...

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Roger Caillois

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Sport and Leisure.

(1913–78)

A French scholar whose study Man, Play and Games (1969) includes a fourfold classification of play/games: Agon/competition; Alea/chance; mimicry/pretence; and...

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