2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

How to Explore a Visual Novel: Creating a Methodology for Future Academic Study


Sydney N. Ruffin
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Visual novels are an understudied literary medium. Interactive stories add non-linearity and reader agency to literature creating new structures for narratives and writing styles. I will play through three visual novels: Butterfly Soup, We Know the Devil, and VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action differently to compare and contrast different methods of doing an analysis. I will use both literary and video game analyses in order to create new methodologies for the academic study of visual novels. 

Keywords: Agency, Literary, Methodology, Video Game, Visual Novel

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 306-1
Location: BH 251
Time: 1:30

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