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‘Of magic look and meaning’: themes concerning the cultural chess-player
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book concerns the cultural history of the chess-player. It describes that the chess-player is a pluralistic subject whose identity is used to articulate a number of anxieties pertaining to the mind, body, and society. The book considers three lives of the chess-player as sinner, melancholic, and as animal from the medieval to the early-modern within non-fiction. It also considers the role of the chess-player in detective fiction from Edgar Allan Poe to Raymond Chandler, contrasting the perceived relative intellectual reputation and social utility of the chess-player and the literary detective. The book examines Garry Kasparov's 1997 defeat to Deep Blue. It also examines how the spaces of the game, considered again in terms of a haunted house, were instrumental in transforming the encounter into a modern-day Gothic tale for the human contestant.

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A cultural history of chess-players

Minds, machines, and monsters


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