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Reading in Virtual Reality

Child with VR headset

Today I’m going to reveal an odd idea that I had while chatting with Wayne de Fremery at the School of Integrated Knowledge of Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea). I want to create a VR experience specifically designed for reading.

The younger generations grew up experiencing stories mainly in audiovisual formats (films, tv series, video games, etc.) and printed books and ebooks are often seen as less engaging. We must acknowledge that they are a new kind of readers and we need to understand how to design paths that can bring them to the experience of reading literature.

So we decided to try an experiment: designing a digital environment for reading in Virtual Reality. More info will follow soon.

Online Social Reading. Using Twitter for Teaching Literature

Social reading is one of the themes that intrigues me the most. This is the poster I prepared to show an ongoing research about a project started by the association TwLetteratura that involved more than 5.000 students and generated around 17.000 tweets.

Creative writing and gamification are two resources teachers can use to make kids love reading!

Poster on online social reading

The Experientiality of Narrative // Interdisciplinary Seminar on Narrative

After spending the last two months debating the contribution of philosophers to narrative studies, we now moved to a milestone of state-of-the-art narrative theory, The Experientiality of Narrative by Marco Caracciolo.

We debated Chapter 5, “Fictional Consciousnesses: From Attribution to Enactment,” and our attention has been drawn by the role of the so called “triggers of consciousness-enactment” in the audience–text relationship.

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Against Narrativity? // Interdisciplinary Seminar on Narrative

Strawson - I am not a story

When Galen Strawson’s essay “Against Narrativity” came out in 2004 it generated a few responses from different voices among those interested in narrative inquiry and narrative theory.

11 years later, in 2015, an article on Aeon dealing with the same topic has been read and reposted on social media by more than 9,000 people.

Rereading the essay I noticed some passages that I missed the first time so I decided to suggest it for our seminar. I’m happy I did it because it definitely sparked a lively and thought-provoking debate.

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