The “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative” course goes live on Monday, April 27th and is back for its third year.
This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) run by Jay Clayton of Vanderbilt University, is an enlightening way to experience Tolkien, romance and myth. The syllabus takes these narratives as presented in contemporary media and includes on-line activities utilising ‘Lord of the Rings Online‘ (LOTRO).
The content of the course is both engaging and informative, even for those who do not take part in the game based activities. It covers aspects of romance literature in both prose and poetry, in thier original form and combining this with thier presentation in the new media. The course serves as a good introduction to this area of study and has value when considering the impact of new media formats.