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Narrative as Virtual Reality
Author: Marie-Laure Ryan

ISBN: 9781421417974
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17 October 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
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Is there a significant difference between engagement with a game and engagement with a movie or novel? Can interactivity contribute to immersion, or is there a trade-off between the immersive "world" aspect of texts and their interactive "game" dimension? As Marie-Laure Ryan demonstrates in Narrative as Virtual Reality 2, the questions raised by the new interactive technologies have their precursors and echoes in pre-electronic literary and artistic traditions.

Approaching the idea of virtual reality as a metaphor for total art, Ryan applies the concepts of immersion and interactivity to develop a phenomenology of narrative experience that encompasses reading, watching, and playing. The book weighs traditional literary narratives against the new textual genres made possible by the electronic revolution of the past thirty years, including hypertext, electronic poetry, interactive drama, digital installation art, computer games, and multi-user online worlds likeSecond Life and World of Warcraft.

In this completely revised edition, Ryan reflects...

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