Title

Play in the Work of Carla Harryman

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1997

Publication Title

Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses

ISSN

0211-5913

Volume

37

First Page

173

Last Page

186

Abstract

“Play” in many senses is prevalent in the work of Carla Harryman. Some of the ways in which it occurs include the mixing of genres, light- hearted experimentation, specific references to child’s play, the crea- tion of games, and the use of the play as genre. Harryman’s work plays with play. This contributes to a sense of absurdity and to her ability to address theory within a creative arena. The playful nature of much of her work allows Harryman to deal seriously with the irrational, to chal- lenge conventional expectations of meaning, genre, and narrative, and to approach theory as a creative endeavor without abandoning aesthetic pleasure.