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.
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