Modiwl UXS-3412:
Playable Fiction

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Music and Media

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Dr Lyle Skains

Amcanion cyffredinol

  1. To study creative artefacts resulting from unconventional and unnatural narratology in born-digital texts (e-lit and games), and to explore concepts related to the creation and reading of these texts.
  2. To examine reasons why innovative writers either break literary conventions or invent rules and constraints of their own.
  3. To explore the key texts of the 20th and 21st century in digital writing and games design.
  4. To explore the practical aspects of writing for nonlinear and/or interactive structures.
  5. To apply knowledge and insights gained from the experimental creative practice of digital writing and games design to established writing practices and critical approaches to these forms.

Cynnwys cwrs

The creative writer is constantly challenged by the evolution of literary form, striving to create fresh and original narratives that depart from the conventional. Modernism, postmodernism, and now digital media are all avenues of exploration and experimentation. This module focuses on the latter domain, as writers approach narrative through the creation of games. Story-games, such as hypertexts, interactive fictions, and visual novels, necessitate unconventional, and even unnatural, structures and perspectives. By creating playable narratives, students on this course will open their writing up to new expressions, forms, and genres. Students will discuss and explore critical and creative responses to these texts, applying new techniques and awareness to their creative writing practice.

Meini Prawf

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Excellent: A- - A*

Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent.
  2. Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study.
  3. Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.

C- i C+

C- to C+

Submitted work shows some competency, though it may not be distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It:

  1. Demonstrates fair to solid structure and generally logically developed arguments.
  2. Draws at least in parts on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.
  3. Assertions are generally backed by evidence and sound reasoning, though some inconsistencies may be present.
  4. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style, though some errors and inconsistencies may be present.

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Threshold: D-

Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows:

  1. Generally accurate but with omissions and errors.
  2. Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning.
  3. Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions.
  4. Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.

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Good: C-

Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates:

  1. Good structure and logically developed arguments.
  2. At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.
  3. Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning.
  4. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.

Very Good: B-

Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates:

  1. Very good structure and logically developed arguments.
  2. Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.
  3. Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning.
  4. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Apply advanced analysis to fiction from a foundation of narrative, gaming, and literary theory, as well as from a creative and/or practice-related research perspective.

  2. Interrogate the effects of experimenting with unconventional/unnatural forms on conventional or commercial writing practices.

  3. Write a piece of playable fiction in a chosen medium, demonstrating a significant understanding of media, narrative structure, and experimentation with conventions.

  4. Apply advanced analysis to the processes and features of writing unconventional and/or unnatural narrative fiction, and apply that to a self-directed, practical project.

Dulliau asesu

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Seminar

Seminars (NOT joint with UXS-2412): 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.

11
Lecture

Lectures (joint with UXS-2412 Playable Fiction; ALL students): 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.

11
Study group

Study Group Tutorial (joint with UXS-2412): 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.

11
Private study 167

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • An understanding of creative and critical processes, and of the wide range of skills inherent in creative writing. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Knowledge of a wide range of canonical English texts, providing a confident understanding of literary traditions as well as the confidence to experiment and challenge conventions when writing creatively. (English Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • An awareness of writing and publishing contexts, opportunities and audiences in the wider world (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Artistic engagement and ability to articulate complex ideas in oral and written forms. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to connect creative and critical ideas between and among forms, techniques and types of creative and critical praxis. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning (English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Reflective practitioner skills, including awareness of the practice of others in collaborative learning (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • The ability to synthesize information from various sources, choosing and applying appropriate concepts and methods (English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to formulate and solve problems, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to engage in processes of drafting and redrafting texts to achieve clarity of expression and an appropriate style. (English Benchmark Statement 3.3; NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Information technology (IT) skills broadly understood and the ability to access, work with and evaluate electronic resources (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).

Adnoddau

Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/uxs-3412.html

Rhestr ddarllen

Full reading list available on this module's Blackboard site.

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