Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games

Edited by Allison Levy, M.A. ’97, Ph.D. ’00

Art historian Allison Levy's innovative volume of 15 interdisciplinary essays stands at the nexus of material culture, performance studies, and game theory. 

Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games emphasizes the rules of the game(s) as well as the breaking of those rules. Thus, the titular "plaything" is understood as both an object and a person, and play, in the early modern world, is treated not merely as a pastime, a leisurely pursuit, but as a pivotal part of daily life, a strategic psychosocial endeavor. (Western Michigan University Press, 2017)

Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games, edited by Allison Levy, M.A. ’97, Ph.D. ’00