Guest Lecture by Jeremy Douglass on Interactive Narrative across Media

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 09:30 to 11:30

Please join us for a guest lecture by Prof. Jeremy Douglass (UC Santa Barbara) on the topic “Interactive Narrative across Media: Gameplay Structures, Symbols, and Forms.” The talk takes place on Saturday, April 27, 9.30am at the Villa Tillmanns (Wächterstr. 30).

Prof. Douglass will discuss how interactive narratives across print, film, and digital media are understood, represented, and experienced. He will particularly focus on the Transverse Reading Project, which has compiled a catalog and atlas of the structures of hundreds of interactive stories, with initial surveys in branching narrative genres including print gamebooks, hypertext fictions, visual novels, and digital Twine games. His talk reviews the project survey of the multitude of graph data formats and the eventual development of a simple, human-editable plain-text data format to describe the structural aspects of narrative branches in a relatively media-independent way.

Jeremy Douglass is Assistant Professor at the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in interactive narrative, games, and electronic literature, especially with the methods of software studies, critical code studies, and cultural analytics. He is the faculty director of the Digital Arts and Humanities Commons at US Santa Barbara.

This guest lecture takes place as part of a workshop by the DFG-funded network “Narrative Liminality.” It is free and open to the public.

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