Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)

Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)


Is there an important distinction in angle among immersion in a online game and immersion in a film or novel? What are the hot percentages for illustration provided by means of the rising expertise of digital fact? As Marie-Laure Ryan demonstrates in Narrative as digital Reality, the questions raised via new, interactive applied sciences have their precursors and echoes in pre-electronic literary and creative traditions. previously a tradition of immersive ideals―getting misplaced in an outstanding ebook, for example―we have gotten, Ryan claims, a tradition extra taken with interactivity. impending the belief of digital fact as a metaphor for overall paintings, Narrative as digital Reality applies the ideas of immersion and interactivity to strengthen a phenomenology of studying.

Ryan's research encompasses either conventional literary narratives and the recent textual genres made attainable by means of the digital revolution of the earlier few years, similar to hypertext, interactive video clips and drama, electronic install paintings, and computing device role-playing video games. Interspersed one of the book's chapters are numerous "interludes" that attention completely on both key literary texts that foreshadow what we now name "virtual reality," together with these of Baudelaire, Huysmans, Ignatius de Loyola, Calvino, and science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson, or fresh efforts to provide interactive paintings types, just like the hypertext "novel" Twelve Blue, by means of Michael Joyce, and I'm Your Man, an interactive motion picture. As Ryan considers the destiny of conventional narrative styles in electronic tradition, she revisits one of many important concerns in smooth literary theory―the competition among a possibly passive studying that's taken over by way of the realm a textual content represents and an energetic, deconstructive analyzing that imaginatively participates within the text's creation.

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