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.
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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Beautiful illustrations in this transcription of Week 5 lectures. Thanks!
‘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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Transcripts, Syllabus, and other information for Online Games, a MOOC on Coursera taught by Professor Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University