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Of or relating to play or playfulness: "Fiction ... now makes [language] the center of its reflexive concern, and explodes in ludic, parodic, ironic forms" (Ihab Hassan).

[French ludique, from Latin lūdus, play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary playful
[C20: from French ludique, from Latin lūdus game]
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(ˈlu dɪk)

playful in an aimless way: the ludic behavior of kittens.
[1935–40; < Latin lūd(ere) to play + -ic (or < French ludique)]
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[ˈluːdɪk] ADJlúdico
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adj (liter)spielerisch
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Burton's analysis of possession cult and carnival demonstrates that the two ritual practices share masquerade as a common feature or, more generally, the "ludic, theatrical, or agonic character of both." One is reminded here of Marcel Camus's award-winning film Black Orpheus (1958), based upon Vinicius de Moraea's play Orfeu da Conceicao, which also connects spirit-possession and carnival among the descendants of African slaves in modem-day Rio de Janeiro.
The difference between Goodman's theory of reading/writing the texts of culture and that of the New Critics (a difference over the status of the text) and that between Goodman and ludic (post) modernists (a difference over the idea of meaningfulness, or what Derrida calls "dissemination") is located in the space of politics.
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This change from adult-presenter to a symbolically represented child-presenter (little dog), allows (NOT causally determines) identification with the ludic protagonist and the represented skills.
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