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Iconoclasm As Child's Play

Joe Moshenska


This book begins with the observation that, during the English Reformation, holy things taken from churches and monasteries were on occasion not smashed or burned but instead given to children as toys. Iconoclasm has tended to feature prominently in narratives of modernity as a process of disenchantment, sometimes understood as the cultural diminution of playfulness: this book asks how these narratives might have to change once we recognize that iconoclasm and child’s play were periodically one and the same. Each chapter begins with an example of iconoclastic child’s play in practice--from loc ... More

Keywords: iconoclasm, play, childhood, toys, religious violence, materiality, aesthetic play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780804798501
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Moshenska, author
University of Oxford

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