Interactive Narrative: Theory and Practice

| Syllabus | Readings | Project Assignments | 21w765j / 21L489 (U); 21L989 (G)

Meeting Time and Place:Class meets in Room E53-220 (Electronic Classroom) on Tuesdays from 3-5 and in Room 26-139 (New Media Lab) on Thursdays, in two sections: 3-4 and 4-5. Bring zip cartridge to Thursday classes.

Janet H. Murray's Office Hours: 10-12 Thursdays or email for an appointment

 Grading Policy

Class Participation (Note: Attendance counts toward grade)


Projects I and II


Interactive characters


Revision of previous project


Schedule for Spring 1999

links to readings

Tuesdays 3-5 (E53-220)

Thursdays 3-4; 4-5 (26-139)

week 1

Feb 2

Narrative in Cyberspace

Feb 4

Claris Home Page

Bring zip cartridge to all labs

week 2

Feb 9

Critique of Student Story Gallery


Feb 11

Norman Navigation exercises

week 3

Feb 16


Feb 18


week 4

Feb 23

Project I Prelim: Navigable version of segments of the Norman Conquests

Feb 25

Project I Final


week 5

March 2

Propp, Morphology of the Folktale

Class Notes

March 4

Project I Review

week 6

March 9

Groundhog Day

March 11

Project II prelim

week 7

March 16

Project II Due: Multiform Narrative with Morphemes and Variations


March 18





Spring Vacation week



week 8

March 30

Eliza and Friends

In Class Lab on Eliza


April 1


(Jewish Holiday)

week 9

April 6

Draft Character Due for next week's contest

April 8

Adding images to characters

week 10

April 13

CM3 Character Due / Contest

April 15

to be announced

week 11

April 20

NO CLASS (Holiday)

April 22

to be announced

week 12

April 27

Conversations with Topics

CharacterMaker4: Note requires Netscape 4.5; does not work on Mac

Feedback on Stories Under Revision

Controlling Complexity

April 29

CM 4 Character or other Story Project Due


week 13

May 4

Critique of April 29 Character or Story

May 6

Critique of revisions

week 14

May 11

Revision Project Due

May 13

Final Project Review