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Author Kaiser, Matthew.

Title The World in Play : Portraits of a Victorial Concept
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (327 pages)
Contents Cover; Copyright; Title Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Modern Sensation; PART I The World in Play; 1 Mapping the World in Play; PART II Portraits; 2 Fair Play in an Ugly World: The Politics of Nautical Melodrama; 3 Toying with the Future in Wuthering Heights; 4 A Joy on the Precipice of Death: Muir and Stevenson in California; 5 Wilde's Folly; Notes; Index
Summary & DIV & Nineteenth-century Britain was a world in play. The Victorians invented the weekend and built hundreds of parks and playgrounds. In the wake of Darwin, they re-imagined nature as a contest for survival. The playful child became a symbol of the future. & BR & & BR & A world in play means two things: a world in flux and a world trapped, like Alice in Wonderland, in a ludic microcosm of itself. The book explores the extent to which play (competition, leisure, mischief, luck, festivity, imagination) pervades nineteenth-century literature and culture and forms the foundations of the modern self. Pla
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ISBN 0804778949