What are we playing with? Role-taking, role-play, and story-play with Tolkien's legendarium

Bateman, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-1627-8392 (2014) What are we playing with? Role-taking, role-play, and story-play with Tolkien's legendarium. International Journal of Play, 3 (2). pp. 107-118. ISSN 2159-4937

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Through examples of role-taking, role-play, and story-play with various artworks that draw against Tolkien's legendarium, this paper develops a distinctive perspective on imaginative play. While ‘playing with’ usually refers to the specific objects used as toys and ‘playing at’ to the roles assumed in such play, examining play situations from the perspective of the make-believe theory of representation (prop theory) suggests a specific relationship between these two aspects of playing. By examining which props are being used in any given play situation, and comparing their metaphorical position in the foreground or background of the imaginary game being played, parallels and distinctions between different kinds of play can be explored and contrasted. The paper offers a phenomenology of imaginative play that helps to clarify exactly what we are playing with when we engage in any kind of imaginings, whether with toys, games, or stories.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Play on 15th May 2014 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21594937.2013.877639#abstract
Divisions: School of Creative Technologies > Games Computing and software engineering
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 10:03
Identification Number: 10.1080/21594937.2013.877639
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/759

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