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Upgrading ekphrasis: representations of digital space and virtual worlds in contemporary literature

Shiel, Nina (2015) Upgrading ekphrasis: representations of digital space and virtual worlds in contemporary literature. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

This thesis addresses the concept of ekphrasis from a new perspective: in the context of digital graphics. The focus of this thesis lies in textual representations of computer-generated immersive and interactive graphical environments, or ‘virtual worlds’. This thesis puts forward an ekphrasis that is spurred by an emotional experience of a visual artwork that has a significant spatial aspect. It is suggested that the viewer/user of such an artwork does not simply gaze from outside, but is incorporated into the digital artwork as an active participant through the immersive and interactive elements. Such a multisensory experience of an artwork has several effects on the dynamic between the viewer/user and the artwork, and, subsequently, also on the process of transmitting that experience to the readers via textual ekphrasis. In its discussion, this thesis focuses on three key texts: William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984), Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992) and Charles Stross’s Halting State (2008). Finally, this thesis puts forward a proposal for the operation of 'virtual' ekphrasis through five interrelated principles: metaphor, separation, interface, participation and sharing.
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:March 2015
Supervisor(s):Le Juez, Brigitte
Uncontrolled Keywords:Comparative Literature
Subjects:Humanities > Literature
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
ID Code:20416
Deposited On:17 Apr 2015 10:02 by Brigitte Le Juez . Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 15:05

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