From the publisher’s description:
This book argues that play offered Hamlet, John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Robert Burton, and Sir Thomas Browne a way to live within the contradictions and conflicts of late Renaissance life by providing a new stance for the self. Grounding its argument in recent theories of play and in a historical analysis that sees the seventeenth century as a point of crisis in the formation of the western self, the author demonstrates how play helped mediate this crisis and how central texts of the period enact this mediation.
SubjectsLiterature / Literary Criticism / British Literature / Play / Self / Identity / English Literature /
Nardo, Anna K. (NHC Fellow, 1981–82). The Ludic Self in Seventeenth-Century English Literature. SUNY Series,The Margins of Literature. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.