Preludes: Essays on the Ludic Imagination, 1961-1981

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iUniverse, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 312 pages
These essays are clearly not about play as unseriousness, not about fun and games, a point that should be abundantly demonstrated by the reference to the death camps of the Holocaust. They are about the space, the Spielraum, necessary for the wheel of life to turn soulfully. Christine Downing's essays may be felt to function as a possible prelude to the play of a truly ludic imagination, which, like Buber's "slow medicine," quietly enters the soul, working into the heart, awakening a secret melody to be noticed only later. Preludes, indeed! David L. Miller
Author of Three Faces of God
and Hells and Holy Ghosts
 

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Contents

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On 1961
13
All Real Living is Meeting 1966
28
It Pleased God By Foolishness to Save the World
51
A Response to
65
Guilt and Responsibility in the Thought of Martin
85
Abraham and Orpheus Be With Me
98
Daydream 1971
126
Symptoms and Symbols 1972
148
The Silent Goddess of Death 1976
170
Towards an Erotics of the Psyche 1976
194
A Depth Psychological Perspective
207
ReVisioning Autobiography 1977
230
A Response to James
247
GoddessSent Madness 1981
265
Acknowledgements
291
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