Week 6 lectures (transcribed) – The Holy Grail: A good end game

With Week 6, we reach not only the end of the video lectures but of Claire-Louise Taylor’s wonderful, enriching transcripts. They have greatly enhanced the course for us all. Thank you again.


Lord Tennyson.

The Coursera on-line course  Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative draws to a close. I will be sorry to see it finished although the virtual friends I have made will live on in the game.

Another fruitful week saw discussions of art and literature. In particular we read together Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses.” and analysed it. We also looked at some wonderful paintings by Turner and other artists and compared scene setting with those in the game and the film.

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Week 5 Lectures transcribed: Pwning Spenser’s Faerie Queene

Beautiful illustrations in this transcription of Week 5 lectures. Thanks!


File:The Faerie Queene frontispiece.jpg ‘The Faerie Queene’ by Edmund Spenser  1590

Week five of the Coursera on-line course  Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative is already upon us. For this week we are readying first Canto of Book III of  Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene

The discussion for the week was very varied. We talked about Spenser and his poems, their allegory, formation and what it was to be a poet to royalty in his day.  We related some of the work he did with other works we have studied on the course so far and, of course, to Lord of The Rings book and Film. We looked at art and representations of this and other works. Finally Jay showed us how his students had re-mediated some of this work into a game.

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Week 4 Lectures: Space and time in three media

Thank you for transcribing the lectures and augmenting them with your video demonstrating how the camera controls allow the player to manipulate point of view, within limits, in a video game.


StoryworldFor fourth week of the Coursera on-line course  Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative the syllabus asks us to read the dictionary entries in the “Literary Studies Glossary” from the Free University, Berlin Germany on the following entries:

Story vs. Discourse



Discourse time vs. story time

Functions of space

In the videos for the week these different aspects of mediation were discussed in terms of literature, film and games.

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Week 3 Lectures Transcribed: Romance and realism

Thank you!


“La Belle Dame sans Merci” by Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901 Wikimedia

It is now week three of the Coursera course that I have embarked on Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. It is such an interesting course for me and brings together a lot of the other courses that I lave taken on Literature, New Media, Greek Heroes and even a little philosophy.   This week we read another wonderful work John Keats’s poem “La Belle Dame sans Merci”. Although we have finished reading the The Fellowship of the Ring our viewing for this week was Peter Jackson’s movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It is many years since I read the book or watched the film. Doing both so close together highlighted the differences and also the wonderful way that Peter Jackson was able to recreated Middle Earth.

I found…

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Week 2 Lectures Transcribed: LOTRO and Tolkien

Many thanks to Claire-Louise Taylor for transcribing the whole week of lectures!


Modes of Storytelling

Modes of sotry telling

This week we’re going to put the concept of remediation to work as we begin to compare the three modes; Novel, Movie and Game. By Mode, we mean simply “the medium of presentation”. Film is a mode, writing is a mode, painting, photography and sculpture are all Modes.

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Chronologies from video 1.5



Below are the chronologies from Video 1.5, “A brief history of games”

Click on the thumbnail to expand each image.  Unfortunately, the overview of the entire timeline is still too small to see clearly.

Chronology 1880-2013



Chronology2 1880-1940



Chronology3 1944-1970


Chronology4 1970-90



Chronology5 1997-2013


Week 1 Lectures – Transcription

Enormous gratitude to Claire-Louise Taylor for transcribing the audio for all the Week 1 Lectures in “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative.”


Game on! The history and theory of MMOs

Cheryble Cheeryble


Hi, I’m Jay Clayton, and this is Cheeryble. He’s an avatar of Jay Clayton, and these are more avatars that have been a big part of my life over the last few years. Cheeryble and I would like to welcome you to “Online Games: Literature, New Media and Narrative”.

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Transcripts, Syllabus, and other information for Online Games, a MOOC on Coursera taught by Professor Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University