Networked Improvised Literature for the Classroom and Beyond

Subjects: Language Arts & Disciplines, General
Paperback : 9781943208289, 252 pages, 6 x 9, September 2022
Open Access : 9781943208296, 252 pages, 6 x 9, December 2021
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Netprov is an emerging interdisciplinary digital art form that offers a literature-based “show” of insightful, healing satire that is as deep as the novels of the past. This accessible history of Netprov emerges out of an ongoing conversation about the changing roles and power dynamics of author and reader in an age of real-time interactivity. Rob Wittig describes a literary genre in which all the world is a platform and all participants are players. Beyond serving as a history of the genre, this book includes tips and examples to help those new to the genre teach and create netprovs.

“Jargon-free and ambitious in scope, Netprov meets the needs of several types of readers. Casual readers will be met with straightforward and easy-to-follow definitions and examples. Scholars will find deep wells of in- formation about networked roleplay games. Teachers and students will find instructions for how-to play, and a ready-made academic context to make their play meaningful and memorable.” —Kathi Inman Berens, Portland State University

Rob Wittig is Assistant professor in the Art & Design and English, Linguistics and Writing Studies departments of the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is the author of Invisible Rendezvous (Wesleyan University Press, 1994). Alongside his writing projects, he has worked leading R&D teams in Chicago publishing and graphic design firms.