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Narrative As Virtual Reality

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ISBN: 9781421417974
Author(s): Marie-laure Ryan
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions: 228 x 0 x 152 (w x l x h)
Pages: 304
Pages: 13
Series: Parallax: Re-visions Of Culture And Society

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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 like Second Life and World of Warcraft.
In this completely revised edition, Ryan reflects on the developments that have taken place over the past fifteen years in terms of both theory and practice and focuses on the increase of narrativity in video games and its corresponding loss in experimental digital literature. Following the cognitive approaches that have rehabilitated immersion as the product of fu Please click here to ask a question
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