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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.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

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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