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Of Superheroes and Celluloid: Allegory, Truth, and Technology in the Dark Knight Trilogy

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 15:45 to 16:30

Jay David Bolter’s article “Transference and Transparency: Digital Technology and the Remediation of Cinema” identifies a “cyberphobia” that emerged in films of the 1990s, just as digital technologies were gaining widespread acceptance in the industry (and, indeed, as blockbusters increasingly began to rely on them to create theretofore unimaginable spectacle

Texts, worlds, stories: on the aesthetics of narrative and semiotic proliferation

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 10:00 to 10:45

A major trend in contemporary narrative production is the rejection of an aesthetics  that proclaims the inseparability of text, world and narrative.  The traditional formula “one text, one world, one story” is challenged on one  side by the phenomenon of transmedia  storytelling, and on the other by texts that that contain many worlds and

Absorption, Saturation, and Overflow in the Building of Imaginary Worlds

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 14:00 to 14:45

While much has been written about “immersion”, it is only the first step in the experiencing of an imaginary world.  This paper explores the experience by going further into the process, with the additional liquid metaphors of absorption, saturation, and overflow, and examines not only the effects that each of these processes or stages has on the world’s

Alternative worlds, multivers. The point of view of cosmology

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 15:45 to 16:30

Mankind, probably throughout all its history, has tried to understand the world. In these attempts, the concept of the world itself has often changed. For thousands of years there had been countless descriptions—driven by religious, philosophical, nationalistic, artistic, even personal, beliefs—about its origins, features, structure, fate.


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