Do you ever get sucked into a book and feel like every time that you go back to it, you're entering another world? You can be doing something mundane like riding a bus, for example, and then open a book and get transported into some other universe. I always look forward to those moments and feel sad when the book is over, like I just got excommunicated from a secret place.
Well, Stepping into Literature is a conference that explores how this experience can be extended through virtual worlds. Virtual Worlds can allow the reader to interact with the place and the characters beyond the book's end. On one hand, I prefer to see the story that I read in my own imagination. On the other hand, it seems like an intriguing idea to enter a collective imagination of sorts.
Here's a blurb:
The "Stepping into Literature" Conference will take place on August 4th, 2008 and again on August 6th. During this conference, we will talk about and actually visit some of the best and most creative work being done in promoting a love of literature in a virtual world environment. It will be held entirely in the virtual world of Second Life. read more here...
Another interesting project is led by Bryan Carter, an assistant professor of literature at Central Missouri State University. He specializes in African American literature of the 20 th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance. Carter has been working on developing Virtual Harlem in Second Life.
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