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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Huizinga, Johan 1872-1945. Dutch historian known for his writing on the late Middle Ages, especially The Waning of the Middle Ages (1919).

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  • I had planned to catch up on required reading for the game field, namely Huizinga, Callois, and Sutton-Smith.

    SWEATblog: Deferring required reading until September: Huizinga, Callois, Sutton-Smith, Bakhtin

  • Some of the boats at this year's show, such as Huizinga's, had been restored by professionals.

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  • Too often the joke has been missed by grave intellectuals, like Johan Huizinga, who concluded sadly in his book "Homo Ludens" 1938, that "the play element in culture is on the wane."

    There and Back Again

  • In his classic work on the subject, Homo Ludens, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga described play as "a free activity standing quite consciously outside ordinary life as being 'not serious' but at the same absorbing the player intensely and utterly."

    Alfie Kohn: Five Not-So-Obvious Propositions About Play

  • Concealing his literary ambitions to please his family, he passed four exams in his first year while reading anti-Fascist works by Elio Vittorini, Eugenio Montale, Cesare Pavese, Huizinga, and Pisacane, and works by Max Planck, Heisenberg, and Einstein on physics.

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  • Huizinga speaks of play not as a way of the world as presented by nature, but as the imagining of a second, poetic world set apart from the world of nature.

    Lewis Lapham: Field of Dreams: The CIA and Me and Other Adventures in American Sports

  • As Johan Huizinga wrote in “The Autumn of the Middle Ages,” “The most revealing map of Europe in these centuries would be a map, not of political or commercial capitals, but of the constellation of sanctuaries, the points of material contact with the unseen world.”

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  • What is vaguely disconcerting about Brooks 'account is that, as he speaks of Huizinga (and other historians) he sounds like him.

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  • He invokes the spirit of Johan Huizinga, whose Waning of the Middle Ages was a great influence on my own entrance into medieval studies, although from the beginning, my medieval history professor encouraged me to question his work.

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  • Huizinga had consented to the condensation because he had an eye on the US market and he regarded Americans as materialists with short attention spans.

    March 21st, 2008

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