My Zelda, My Story, My Hearts

It was Christmas and I was seven: still young enough to entertain the idea of Santa, and still young enough to wake up early, feeling as if the house had been touched by a magic that made you whisper despite your excitement. This particular Christmas was a memorable one for me. This was the year I got an Aerosmith shirt…

Powers of Horror – Kristeva

Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. New York: Columbia University Press, 1982. Print. In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva addresses the role of abjection in literary theory and in the realm of the psychosocial. Defined by Kristeva, abjection occurs as a response to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject…

Of Time, Passion and Knowledge – Fraser

Fraser, Thomas. Of Time, Passion, and Knowledge. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univerity Press, 1990. Print. In Of Time, Passion and Knowledge J.T. Fraser discusses the function of time in relation to the arts in the eleventh chapter entitled “Arts, Letters, and the Beautiful.” In this chapter, Fraser examines how these aesthetically beautiful arts have the capacity to roam freely “among the…

Narrative Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Narratology – Punday

Punday, Daniel. Narrative Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Narratology. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003. Print. In Narrative Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Narratology, Daniel Punday argues that the way we currently understand and use narratology is inseparably linked to modern conceptions of the body that originate in the Renaissance and continue today.  In Chapter 1, Punday suggest that just as embryology struggled…

“The Problem of Preservation: Let’s Play as an Archive” – Thomas Hale

In Chapter 1 of his dissertation “From Jackasses to Superstars: A Case for ‘Let’s Play,” Thomas Hale states, “One of the more long-term goals of LP is that it serves as a way to archive games and gameplay experiences” (9). Alongside issues such a the ability to procure older games, to afford new games, or to access games exclusive to…

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