What Game Worlds Can Teach Us About Literary Worlds

From the space of books to space in books While the debate rumbles on between those who contend that games tell stories in ways unique to the medium (ludologists), and those who argue that games resemble literary narratives (narratologists), literary scholars have sought to ask reciprocally what games can tell us about conventional modes of storytelling in print.

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Consuming Television’s Golden Age with Hannibal Lecter

When F.B.I. Forensic Profiler, Will Graham, stands before a murder scene in NBC’s Hannibal, his preternatural empathy for the show’s killers animates the tableau before him, restaging their crimes and allowing him access to their motivations. “This is my design,” Graham whispers in early episodes, as he gleans from the swoop of a blood spatter, or the arrangement of severed limbs…

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Panel Transitions in Trauma Comics

Comics are the new kids on the block in the world of literary academia. It is only in recent years that they have been accepted at a valid narrative form…

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Fifty Shades of the Future

In departure lounges, train stations and motorway services across the UK, one novel – or rather one trilogy – has graced the laps of engrossed readers for the past twelve months…

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Superhumanity: Refiguring the Superhero

Like the urban thoroughfare it’s named after, Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue (2012) contains diverse and highly specific multitudes. It is a…

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Transgression and Contemporary Fiction

One of the overt criticisms directed towards popular fiction is its requirement for a formulaic structure of characters, plot and narrative, which risks perpetuating the stereotype that all such fiction is repetitious, mass-produced and lacking in depth and originality.

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