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In The Games Black Girls Play, the author describes how "dances and social spaces are re-remembered through play" and that a bold and independent "kinetic orality" exists among black girls at play. Their play is body-conscious musicality that proceeds without instruments, music or stage and is not formally taught by their elders but is rather experienced as an open call of improvisation among peers.
Just as you might practice batting a ball over and over again, a young Rhesus monkey at play learns how to coordinate its muscles to race through a tangle of branches without a slip.
Also see Raimondi's sobering comments at the end of his chapter on Mandragola, where he notes the depressing atmosphere that descends on all the characters at play's end, "including Lucrezia, in whom it is difficult to recognize ...