DIEGESIS 3 (1), summer 2014 Topic: Narratological Approaches to Video Games - Call for Articles (publié le 28 février 2013)
Submission date: December 31st, 2013
Video games are now reaching the stage where they are economically more successful than blockbuster movies and aesthetically no longer inferior to other popular media and genres. As technologies that facilitate interfacing with virtual worlds, such as tablets and dedicated hardware controllers, become increasingly affordable and accessible, game designers keep exploring and developing interactive storytelling and complex nar-rative scenarios. Taking its cue from the title of Ryan’s pioneering article „Will New Media Produce New Narratives?“ (2006), this issue seeks to make a contribution to the emerging field of cyberage narratology. We invite articles that discuss if – and how – the innovative strategies developed and employed by leading game designers challenge existing narratological categories and concepts. Issues that may be addressed include – but are not restricted to – the following questions:
Which insights can we expect from narratological approaches to video games?
How can narrative theory keep up with new developments in game design?
How do narrative strategies used in video games differ from those used in conven-tional media and genres?
Which methods developed in game theory (ludology), cognitive linguistics, prag-matics and cognitive psychology help us to further develop the transmedial study of narrative?
How can cognitive concepts of immersion, empathy and narrative competence be used to understand processes of interactive storytelling?
We invite abstracts of approximately half a page (DIN-A4) by March 31st, 2013 at the latest. Please send your abstract, along with a brief CV, to the editorial team of DIEGE-SIS: Dr. Matthias Aumüller or Dr. Filippo Smerilli (email@example.com). The editorial team and the editors will decide on the acceptability of proposals by April 30th, 2013. Contributions have to be submitted by December 31st, 2013.
DIEGESIS is published at the University of Wuppertal and in cooperation with the local Centre of Narrative Research (CNR) (www.zef.uni-wuppertal.de) by Matei Chihaia (Romance studies), Matías Martínez (German studies), Michael Scheffel (general liter-ary studies) and Roy Sommer (English and American studies).