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Virtual Bodies, Virtual Worlds

ENGL 0766.301
Monday 5:15-8:14pm


Do we control technology, or is technology controlling us? In this course we will use the dystopian visions presented through literature, film, television, and video games to investigate our culture of surveillance. The fictional depictions of virtual worlds and the virtual bodies that inhabit them will inspire our own creative projects using cutting-edge immersive reality technology. Guest speakers including media theorists and industry professionals will join us to share insights on race and identity online, and the deployment of biometrics and data collection in Virtual and Augmented Reality. We will also visit makerspaces across campus to learn about the digital fabrication tools available and engage in design sprints to create user-centered prototypes. Students will work both independently and collaboratively to research trends in immersive reality and gain experience writing storyboards, interactive fiction, grant proposals, work plans, and project critiques. No previous experience with digital fabrication or immersive reality is necessary.


English Major Requirements
  • Sector 1 Theory and Poetics (AETP)
  • Sector 6 20th & 21st Centuries (AE20)
English Concentration Attributes
  • 20th-21st Century Concentration (AE21)
College Attributes