Prof. Beth Coleman
21W.765J / 21L.489J / CMS.845J
Undergraduate / Graduate
This course covers techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form offered by the computer. The course studies the structural properties of book-based narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time and of storyline. The class analyzes the structure and evaluates the literary qualities of computer-based narratives including hypertexts, adventure games, and classic artificial intelligence programs like Eliza. With this base, students use authoring systems to model a variety of narrative techniques and to create their own fictions. Knowledge of programming is helpful but not necessary.
OCW has published multiple versions of this subject.
Coleman, Beth. 21W.765J Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/writing-and-humanistic-studies/21w-765j-interactive-and-non-linear-narrative-theory-and-practice-spring-2006 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA