KEYWORDS FOR VIDEO GAME STUDIES
May 17, 2017
4-5:30 PM | PLC 180
University of Oregon
“Mixed Realism: Videogames and the Violence of Fiction”
This presentation offers a fresh perspective on videogame violence by placing it in the context of the literary. It will demonstrate an innovative critical methodology, “mixed realism,” through a comparison of Rockstar’s brutal anti-Western Red Dead Redemption and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. The talk suggests a way to “read” across the tenuous boundary between the fictional and the real in order to better understand the role of virtual environments in contemporary culture.
Timothy J. Welsh is an assistant professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans where he teaches in the Film + Digital Media concentration. His scholarly interests include digital media and culture, videogames, contemporary fiction, and critical theory.
Sponsored by English, Cinema Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Series also sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the New Media and Culture Certificate program, Environmental Studies, the LGBTQIA Scholars Academic Residence Community, and UO Think.Play. For more information: http://wgs.uoregon.edu/category/events/