Cultures of Play Across the Medieval World

FRIT-M603 — Spring 2021

Akash Kumar
Days and Times
R 4:55P - 6:55P
Course Description

This course will interrogate the presence of games and gambling across a wide range of medieval literature, while also considering the social, legal, and religious contexts that inform its representation. We’ll put particular emphasis on the game of chess, as it moves from India to Persia to the Arab world and into western European circulation. After reading selections of works such as the Mahabharata and Shahnameh, we’ll consider authors such as Marie de France, Dante, Boccaccio, and the Gawain poet. We will also delve into important critical contributions to the study of medieval games such as Johan Huizinga and Roger Caillois, while also considering the current state of the field of game studies that incorporates contemporary reflections on video games.

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