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Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society) Paperback – 3 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801877539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801877537
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A study of breathtaking depth and scope and, like all the very best academic books, it has some of the attributes of a good novel: it is elegantly written; it is enthralling; and it leaves the reader buzzing with new and exciting ideas. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in virtual reality, and a rich source of information, inspiration, and insight for a wider readership concerned with the relations between fictions, technologies, and their users.

(Sara Gwenllian Jones Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media)

A major achievement of great value to students of literature, the new media, and art and aesthetics in general. Its richness of detail and comprehensiveness of overall design make it an object of immersive reading, a challenge for intellectual interaction, and last but not least, a source of pleasure for the mind.

(Uri Margolin Poetics Today)

Ryan's book fosters critical thought and debate, and it does so without being overly provocative or deliberately vague... [Ryan] creates a virtual reality for us to explore and take delight in.

(Julian Kücklich TEKKA)

What intrigued me the most was Ryan's description of the emotional aspect of immersion which entails the contemplation of purely imaginary states of affairs as an evolutionary asset that works towards the preservation of the species.

(Niran B. Abbas Yearbook of English Studies)

Perhaps the most detailed and thorough study to date.

(David S. Miall Comparative Literature Studies)

About the Author

Marie-Laure Ryan is an independent scholar and former software consultant. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, she is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory and the editor of Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory and the forthcoming Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling.

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This is a terrific book for anyone seriously interested in narrative, fiction, textuality and representation in general - not just in virtual reality and digital media. By focussing on the interplay between immersion and interactivity, and by engaging intelligently with a broad range of theories and approaches adopted and adapted from literary theory, philosophy and other relevant disciplines, Marie-Laure Ryan has written a book clear enough to appeal to advanced undergraduates but sufficiently challenging to set researchers in the field rushing off on the trail of her references and ideas.
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