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Gambling, game, and psyche

Author: Bettina Liebowitz Knapp
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2000.
Series: SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bettina Knopp adds a new spin on the study of gambling as she explores both sides of the coin - the rush and thrill of risk taking versus the depression and defeat of losing. In a unique Jungian approach, Knapp probes the universal and eternal mysteries that lady luck herself offers to humanity's never-ending quest to defy destiny." "While games of chance and of skill have held universal appeal throughout the ages,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Knapp, Bettina Liebowitz, 1926-
Gambling, game, and psyche.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)607412437
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bettina Liebowitz Knapp
ISBN: 0791443833 9780791443835 0791443841 9780791443842
OCLC Number: 40595292
Description: viii, 308 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Pascal: a geometer's wager with God --
ch. 2. Balzac: The wild ass's skin: the gambler's quest for power --
ch. 3. Poe: "William Wilson": gambler? wastrel? reprobate? --
ch. 4. Dostoevsky's flayed gambler --
ch. 5. Serao's Naples: smorfia mania and the devouring father --
ch. 6. Sholom Aleichem: "The lottery ticket": a human gamble --
ch. 7. Hesse's The glass bead game: computerized culture --
ch. 8. Kawabata's The master of go: game as ritual of exile --
ch. 9. Zhang Xinxin's Orchid madness.
Series Title: SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture.
Responsibility: Bettina L. Knapp.

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"Bettina Knopp adds a new spin on the study of gambling as she explores both sides of the coin - the rush and thrill of risk taking versus the depression and defeat of losing. In a unique Jungian approach, Knapp probes the universal and eternal mysteries that lady luck herself offers to humanity's never-ending quest to defy destiny." "While games of chance and of skill have held universal appeal throughout the ages, here Knapp adds a new dimension by exploring the psyches and the cultures of their players. In each of the book's nine chapters, she examines a different type of gambling as evidenced in Western and Eastern tradition through the literary works of Aleichem, Balzac, Dostoevsky, Hesse, Kawabata, Pascal, Poe, Serao, and Zhang. This scrutiny shows both the diversity and universality of each culture as she takes the literary works out of their individual contexts and relates them to humankind in general. Through an examination of seven different cultures - American, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian - she shows the effects of gambling on individuals and groups of players as well as its impact on the family and society."--Jacket.

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