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.

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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!

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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.

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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

Order

Frequency

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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