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This subject is not offered in 2009.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week |
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Usually 12.5 points of first year English.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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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.
|Objectives:||Students who successfully complete this subject will be familiar with some of the most important contemporary accounts of the virtual, virtual reality, and cyberspace; |
have a broad understanding of the implications of the virtual, virtual reality and cyberspace for our understanding of the self, the body, performance, and literature;
be able to demonstrate an awareness of the way in which “new” and “old” media, print and digital media, interact with each other;
be able to demonstrate an awareness of some of the diverse relations in contemporary culture between fictional and “virtual” realities, belief and the “suspension of disbelief”, the actual and the virtual;
have broadened their understanding of what is involved in reading, writing and performing in cultures where the virtual and the actual have converged;
have acquired a transportable set of interpretative skills;
have developed their capacity for independent research;
have developed their capacity for critical thinking and analysis;
have developed their ability to communicate in writing.
An essay of 1500 words 40% (due mid-semester) and an essay of 2500 words 60% (due at the end of the semester).
A subject reader including Virtual Art - Charlotte Davies will be available.
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
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English Literary Studies Major
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