The class will begin with a few definitions:
Multimodality [I build upon Kress's notion: "Two logics are brought together…the logic of the written and the logic of the image” (Kress, Literacy in the New Media Age).]
Transliteracy: the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. (This is the *working* definition, still undergoing research and development, see here)
Importantly, transliteracy for me is very much about how we read in the online environment. It means being able to critically interpret text, image, sound, video, and interaction as it occurs within the same space.
Background to Inanimate Alice
Inanimate Alice is an “interactive multimedia story” that most recently won the Premio per l'arte digitale, Italian Ministry of Culture.
Plot: bildungsroman exploring childhood, technology, fiction, reality, and how narratives can be actively created (both by Alice and the reader).
Structure: composed as a temporal progression but with each episode interactivity increases and there are more puzzles to solve; reflecting Alice's own developing skills as a game designer and animator.
Interesting Characteristics The reader never actually sees narrator/protagonist Alice, we only ever have her view
- Various games which increase in difficulty with each new episode make demand a more transliterate reader
- Emphasis on narrative (not only images and sound)
- “The story is told with child-like innocence by Alice in an almost poetic fashion and is told through some very sophisticated and design oriented animation. Very stylish work.”
- “The sound and vision all help to propel the narrative but, at the heart of it, is always Alice's story.”
Your Turn: Inanimate Alice and Transliteracy in Practise
- Read Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Inanimate Alice
- While reading note:
- How reading this online fiction is different from reading the essays in the course books or reading the texts for your research assignment
- What can readers infer about the identity of Alice? What traits does Alice seem to possess?
- 1 instance of foreshadowing
- Complete this sentence: “I think the author is trying to say....”
- The definition of transliteracy, do you feel you are transliterate? Why or why not (explain).
Post your responses to the class blog DURING this lesson
Research Assignment Due Next Class!
Bring Laptops to Class