When the footlights are off: A Bakhtinian interrogation of play as postupok

Marjanovic, O and White, E 2014, 'When the footlights are off: A Bakhtinian interrogation of play as postupok', International Journal of Play, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 119-135.


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Title When the footlights are off: A Bakhtinian interrogation of play as postupok
Author(s) Marjanovic, O
White, E
Year 2014
Journal name International Journal of Play
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 119
End page 135
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Taking a dialogic approach, this paper examines play from the point of view of the player's desire to act upon and through others. As an act-deed (postupok), play is considered as a way of relating to others as well as a means of co-creating and representing subjectivities. With Bakhtin's inspiration, play is seen as an act of agency and of becoming. It generates creative events taking place at the boundaries between several simultaneous intersecting worlds in play ('chronotopes'). We look at how the play acts offer unique means of engaging with others that other social acts do not. Central to our view is the notion that play resides on the boundaries between imaginative and real worlds that exist on the outside of the performative realm, in private, dialogic spaces where 'the footlights are off'. Here players are dialogically oriented to each other, rather than to an audience. As such the paper makes the claim that play, first and foremost, belongs to the players.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Keyword(s) play
postupok
chronotope
agency
dialogue
authoring self
DOI - identifier 10.1080/21594937.2014.931686
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 2159-4937
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