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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • CMS.845J (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Writing and Humanistic Studies 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Kurt Fendt 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21W.765J / 21L.489J / CMS.845J Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice



    Spring 2004




    Course Highlights


    This course features sample student work and a comprehensive list of readings.


    Course Description


    This course explores the properties of non-linear, multi-linear, and interactive forms of narratives as they have evolved from print to digital media. Works covered in this course range from the Talmud, classics of non-linear novels, experimental literature, early sound and film experiments to recent multi-linear and interactive films and games. The study of the structural properties of narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time, space, and of storyline is complemented by theoretical texts about authorship/readership, plot/story, properties of digital media and hypertext. Questions that will be addressed in this course include: How can we define 'non-linearity/multi-linearity', 'interactivity', 'narrative'. To what extend are these aspects determined by the text, the reader, the digital format? What kinds of narratives are especially suited for a nonlinear/ interactive format? Are there stories that can only be told in a digital format? What can we learn from early non-digital examples of non-linear and interactive story telling?
     

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