Reading Games: An Aesthetics of Play in Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, and Georges Perec

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In "Reading Games," Kimberly Bohman-Kalaja guides us through an entertaining and instructive exploration of a neglected genre of post-modernism, the Play-Text. Pioneered by authors such as Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, and Georges Perec, Bohman-Kalaja's book provides a fresh interpretive approach to understanding the Play-Text.

Providing insightful analysis of the game and play theories, and drawing from a wide range of ideas--from the thinking of the great philosophers to basic chess and poker strategies--Reading Games makes the world of experimental fiction accessible by unraveling, step-by-step, the innovative strategies of those authors who play reading games.

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Kimberly Bohman-Kalaja received her bachelor's degree from Scripps College, studied at Queen's University in Belfast, and did her graduate work at Princeton University, where she was awarded her Ph.D. She is currently a professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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"O'Brien's, Beckett's and Perec's novels are games, irresistibly alluring games. And like any game, in order to play one must begin by learning the rules."

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