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Game Theory and Literature

Game theory – more precisely, the study of strategic decision-making – has found a permanent home in economics, politics, computer science, and even biology. But does it have a place in literature? This course will explore how the strategic decisions literary characters make, reject, overlook, or ignore shape the meaning and dramatic impact of a story. Readings will include Shakespeare’s King Lear, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and selections from Michael Chwe’s Jane Austen, Game Theorist. Students will get the chance to construct and workshop their own strategic scenarios.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Jeff Encke

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/02/2015

No Class On: 5/16/15

End Date: 06/13/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jeff Encke

Jeff Encke taught writing and criticism at Columbia University for several years, serving as writer-in-residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine while completing his PhD in English. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Kenyon Review Online, and Salt Hill. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a series of love poems addressed to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals printed on a deck of playing cards.

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