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This subject is not offered in 2008.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week |
Total Time Commitment: Not available
|Prerequisites:||Usually 12.5 points of first year English.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
|Subject Overview:|| |
This subject provides an introduction to recent accounts of the virtual, virtual reality and cyberspace, and of the implications of these phenomena for our understanding of the self, the body, performance and literature. Drawing examples from printed books, hypertext novels, email, film, virtual art and the Internet, it studies some of the diverse relations in contemporary culture between fictional and 'virtual' realities, belief and the 'suspension of disbelief', print and digital media, the actual and the virtual. The view (widely held in the 1980s and 1990s) that new digital media herald the death of the author, of narrative and of the book, will be juxtaposed with more recent accounts that describe a less apocalyptic, more dynamic, relation between 'old' and 'new' media, genres, and forms. This subject aims to help prepare students for reading, writing and performing in cultures where the virtual and the actual have converged.
|Assessment:||An essay of 1500 words 40% (due mid-semester) and an essay of 2500 words 60% (due at the end of the semester).|
|Prescribed Texts:||Prescribed Texts:A subject reader including Virtual Art - Charlotte Davies,Labyrinths (Jorge Luis Borges) The Man in the High Castle (Philip Dick) Neuromancer (William Gibson) Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino), Picador Plowing the Dark (Richard Powers) Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) Patchwork Girl, 1995 (Hypertext 1995: Shelley Jackson) Afternoon, a story, 1990 (Hypertext 1990: Michael Joyce) Twelve Blue, 1997 (Hypertext 1997: Michael Joyce) The Matrix, 1999 (Film: Andy & Larry Wachowski,)|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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