“Game Fiction” provides a framework for understanding the relationship between narrative and computer games and is defined as a genre of game that draws upon and uses narrative strategies to create, maintain, and lead a user through a fictional environment. Competitive, ergodic, progressive (and often episodic), game fictions’ primary goal must include the actualization of predetermined events. Building on existing game and new media scholarship and drawing from theories of narrative, cinema, and literature, my project details the formal materiality that undergirds game fiction and shapes its themes. In doing so, I challenge the critiques of narrativism levied at those scholars who see a relationship between computer games and narrative forms, while also detailing the ways that computational media alter and reform narratological preconceptions. My study proposes a methodology for discussing game fiction through a series of ‘close playings,’ and while not intended to be chronological or comprehensive, provides a model for understanding narrative and genre in this growing field.
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Do people approve of this as an avatar for our GS Prose Fiction forum? I thought this allusion to Don Quixote might work because it also gets in a Modernist ref (with the Picasso) as well as contemporary fiction. Plus it is slightly amusing. The first English use of the term “prose fiction” appears to occur in Schlegel’s […]
The session sponsored at the upcoming MLA by the Prose Fiction forum is: 316. Cli-Fi: Climate Change and Narrative Fiction Friday, 8 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 409, JW Marriott Presiding: Wai Chee Dimock, Yale Univ. 1. “Ecocatastrophic Nightmares in Recent Experimental Fiction,” Courtney Traub, Univ. of Oxford 2. “Climate-Change Fiction and the Future Anterior,” Richard […]
Enter ASU’s Climate Fiction Short Story Contest First prize: $1,000 Judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson Submit your story! Climate change is a creeping calamity, ever-present but so gradual and pervasive that it can be tough to grasp. Climate fiction, an emerging subgenre of speculative storytelling, can help us imagine human futures shaped […]
I just wanted to post here to let everyone on this group know that I am running for the MLA Prose Fiction executive committee. One of the basic jobs of this position is choosing topics for the guaranteed MLA panels, and I promise to think broadly and openly about formulating those. (In fact, I think […]
Please join us for the Prose Fiction Division’s panels at the MLA Convention in Chicago next week. The Division is hosting two panels and co-sponsoring a third; details below. 335. Mass versus Coterie: The Rare Book Friday, 10 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Los Angeles–Miami, Chicago Marriott Program arranged by the Division on Prose Fiction Presiding: Hester […]
Food and foodways have long been present in American (and other) fiction, of course, but inadequate critical attention has been paid to this oft-used narrative strategy. What I call “Significant Food” in fiction is food used as a significant plot or other substantial literary device, food where the important concomitant cultural signifiers related to nourishment […]