A Cultural History of Chess-Players : Minds, Machines, and Monsters, Hardback Book

A Cultural History of Chess-Players : Minds, Machines, and Monsters Hardback



This inquiry concerns the cultural history of the chess-player.

It takes as its premise the idea that the chess-player has become a fragmented collection of images, underpinned by challenges to, and confirmations of, chess's status as an intellectually-superior and socially-useful game, particularly since the medieval period.

Yet, the chess-player is an understudied figure. No previous work has shone a light on the chess-player itself.

Increasingly, chess-histories have retreated into tidy consensus.

This work aspires to a novel reading of the figure as both a flickering beacon of reason and a sign of monstrosity.

To this end, this book, utilising a wide range of sources, including newspapers, periodicals, detective novels, science-fiction, and comic-books, is underpinned by the idea that the chess-player is a pluralistic subject used to articulate a number of anxieties pertaining to themes of mind, machine, and monster. -- .


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781784994204



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