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736. Close Playing: Literary Methods and Video Game Studies

Sunday, 8 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., University, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Mark L. Sample, George Mason Univ.

Speakers: Edmond Chang, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Steven E. Jones, Loyola Univ., Chicago; Jason C. Rhody, National Eudowment for the Humanities; Anastasia Salter, Univ. of Baltimore; Timothy Welsh, Loyola Univ., New Orleans; Zach Whalen, Univ. of Mary Washington

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Session Description:

This roundtable moves beyond the games-versus-stories dichotomy to explore the full range of possible literary approaches to video games. These approaches include the theoretical and methodological contributions of reception studies, reader-response theory, narrative theory, critical race and gender theory, disability studies, and textual scholarship.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Electronic Technology (Teaching, Research, and Theory)

  • Genre, Theory, Method – Film, Television, and Other Media

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