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Narrative Lab Spring 2010 Week One Intro Lab: Knock-Knock Week Two Aristotle, Will and the Arc The Poetics by Aristotle – online here: classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/poetics.html Arc, turning point. Rationality. Cause. Sense. Lab: Knock-Knock Week Three Cause and Effect Read: Backwards and Forwards by David Ball. You must buy/borrow this book. (and read or watch Hamlet, if possible) also recommended: Lalos Egri: The Art of Dramatic Writing Lab: Tell Story #1 (and I cried and cried and cried/screamed/laughed) Week Four: Story Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee (Excerpt) Lab: Tell Story #2 Week Five: Structure becomes religion. A Doll’s House – read play, any translation Gutenberg Version Here then read : Shaw: The Quintessence of Ibsenism from page 213 to end of book (p 240) page 212 appears at this link: www.archive.org/stream/quintessenceofib00shaw#page/212/mode/2up Do: Beat structure of entire play. Lab: Watch A Doll’s House (Ibsen/Hampton) for linear narrative, and its departure Week Six Alienation and Meta-story Brecht on Theatre – Organum: pdfdatabase.com/download_file_i.php?file=7625722&desc=brecht+organum+.pdf Watch or read either: Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or Existenz Lab: Bring, describe, or demonstrate a meta-narrative moment Lab: form groups, originate project ideas. Week Seven Sequential Narrative and Point of View Handout from: Sandy Mackendrick on Film Grammar (who was Mackendrick?) Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Sequence as Story. Negative space. Lab: Pose plastique. AND Proposals for 2-3 person Group Projects. Week Eight Happening Handouts: 1.Kaplow on Happenings and additional handouts, from Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality, Expanded Edition, by Randall Packer more at www.artmuseum.net/w2vr/index.html 2. Huizinga – introduction to Homo Ludens Meet in groups before this week’s class to create rule sets for Happenings. Lab: Happenings. Discuss projects on as-needed basis. Week Nine New Structures Handout from Marie-Laure Ryan, Narrative as Virtual Reality. (students encouraged to tackle rest of book) Find example of an interactive narrative project to show to class, such aswww.thebuildersassociation.org Handout from Rushkoff, Exit Strategy. Lab: Group one review. Week Ten State of the Art First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game – handout/excerpt additional discussion at :www.electronicbookreview.com/v3/threads/threadtoc.jsp?thread=firstperson Lab: Group two review (and we alternate from now on) Week Eleven Lab: Final Presentation group one. Week Twelve Lab: Final Presentation group two.