PCA / ACA National Conference Paper: Romance Evolved


I was just accepted to present at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference during April 20 – April 23rd 2011. My paper will look at how digital narratives portray romance. Below an abstract of what my paper will explore:

The evolution of digital media has pushed the boundaries of literary genres to new heights. Because of their ability to integrate text and imagery, digital narratives have the potential to explore topics in a way that is similar to text while being at the same time engaging with issues through visuals. Yet what sets them apart from other types of texts is that digital narratives possess the ability to make narratives interactive in nature. By making the text interactive, the reader is allowed the freedom to engage with the text, the characters, and the issues on a deeper level than with other texts; however, because of this interactive principle, the way that these texts present topics and issues is remarkably different than other texts. This paper will look at how the digital narratives of Lunar and  Final Fantasy portray notions of young adult romance and paranormal romance, and how the digital narrative Ar-Tonelico portrays sexual tension in what is unquestionably a tale of romantic love. It will offer an analytical perspective on the development of the relationship between the heroes and the heroines of each narrative, consider how each of their circumstances adheres to (or dissents from) the traditional notions of what romance is, explicate how the narrative from each of the texts fits into a specific type of notion of what romantic love is, and explore how interactivity principles might affect the nature of said narratives in order to reflect on the possibility of an ‘evolution’ of the genre through media.

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About Quijano

Johansen Quijano is a professor of English in The University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development focusing on TESOL, and a Master’s Degree in English Literature. He has published and presented on a variety of topics including video game studies, popular culture studies, education, teaching methodology, language acquisition, romantic poetry, and victorian literature. His research interests include the above-mentioned topics, narrative, interactivity, simulation, new media in general, and 18th century literature. He also enjoys creative writing (fiction, historical fiction, and poetry), and reading all kinds of epic literary works - from the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

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