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Man, Play, and Games
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Man, Play, and Games

Play is "an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money." It is also an essential element of human social and spiritual development. In this study, Roger Caillois defines play as a voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life. Within limits set by rules that provide a level playing field, players move toward an unpredictable outcome by responding to their opponents' actions. Caillois qualifies types of games and ways of playing, from the improvisation characteristic of children's play to the disciplined pursuit of solutions to gratuitously difficult puzzles. He also examines the means by which games become part of daily life, ultimately giving cultures their most characteristic customs and institutions.

Man and the Sacred
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 190

Man and the Sacred

Throughout the world, people believe that much of what they do is accidental, ordinary, and inconsequential, while other acts can bring on divine retribution or earn eternal grace. In Man and the Sacred, Caillois demonstrates how humanity's ambiguous attitude toward the sacred influences behaviour and culture. Drawing on a diverse array of ethnographic contexts, including the sexual rituals of the Ba-Thong of South Africa and evidence drawn from aboriginal Australian, Eskimo, and traditional Chinese social systems, Caillois analyzes the role of the forbidden in the social cohesion of the group. He examines the character of the sacred in the light of specific instances of taboos and transgres...

The Edge of Surrealism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 423

The Edge of Surrealism

The Edge of Surrealism is an essential introduction To The writing of French social theorist Roger Caillois (1913-1978). Though his subjects were diverse, Caillois focused on issues crucial to modern intellectual life, and his essays offer a unique perspective on many of twentieth-century France's most significant intellectual movements and figures. Including a masterful introductory essay by Claudine Frank situating his work in relation to his life and intellectual milieu, this anthology is the first comprehensive introduction to Caillois's work to appear in any language. A part of the Surrealist avant garde, In the 1930s Caillois founded the College of Sociology with Georges Bataille and M...

Pontius Pilate
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 111

Pontius Pilate

If you thought you knew all there is to know about Pontius Pilate and Jesus, this little book has some surprises for you. In this "greatest story never told," Pontius Pilate finally gets a chance to tell his side of the story, filling in what the Bible left out. For someone who made one of the most momentous decisions of all time, we know almost nothing about him. Who was this man who sentenced Jesus to death? What went through his mind as he weighed the alternatives? Was he a villain or a victim of circumstance? If we can imagine Pilate as our contemporary, what would we have done in his place? Written by one of France's great men of letters of the twentieth century, Pontius Pilate is a hig...

The writing of stones
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 108

The writing of stones

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Les Jeux Et Les Hommes
  • Language: fr
  • Pages: 378

Les Jeux Et Les Hommes

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  • Published: 1958
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Mask of Medusa
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 127

The Mask of Medusa

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1964
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Mystery Novel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 49

The Mystery Novel

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1984-01-01
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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French Twentieth Bibliography
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 696

French Twentieth Bibliography

This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.

Babel. Orgueil, confusion et ruine de la litterature. -[Paris][: Gallimard (1948). 307 S. 8°
  • Language: fr
  • Pages: 307