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Syllabus (Summer, 2014)

This is the Syllabus for my new course. I am looking forward to starting it.

Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

(Register now at https://www.coursera.org/course/onlinegames. This free online course starts July 14, 2014. )

Week 1: Game on! The history and theory of MMOs Reading for Week 1:

Reading for Week 1:

  • J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring
    Read the “Prologue, Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” and Book One of the novel.
  • Jesper Juul’s Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
    Read the first 7-pages of the “introduction, ” available online for free as a downloadable Pdf file at: http://www.half-real.net/about.html
  • Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”
    Available for free in the original Greek and several English translations at “The Official Website of the Cavafy Archive.” In the videos, we have used the translation by Daniel Mendelsohn: http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=259&cat=1

Gameplay for Week 1 (required for students on the Distinction Track; optional for all others):

Download and install Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). If you are already playing LOTRO, feel free to…

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