to acquire critical competence of the historical vocabulary of play and leisure; to engage with the notion of ritual, and its application in historical anthropology; to develop strategies for interpreting sources relevant to the subject; to familiarize with the secondary literature and discuss its problems.
Ritual and the early modern city. Classical and medieval traditions. Laughter, carnival and feast. The invention of leisure. Social hierarchy, gender and age groups. Texts and visual representations. Play and civilization.
written questionnaire, followed by an oral interview; a 15-page essay can be agreed with the lecturer in lieu of the questionnaire
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