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Annual Conference

Tuesday April 10th, 2018

The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Keynote address:

“Joycestick – Engaging Ulysses In A Virtual Reality Game”

Professor Joseph Nugent

Professor of the Practice, Boston College English Department, Boston, MA

Joycestick is Ulysses adapted as an immersive, 3D virtual reality (VR) computer game – a “gamification,” in contemporary parlance. Users don a VR eyepiece and headphones and, with gaming devices, navigate and explore various scenes from the book.  Joycestick is Nugent’s most recent excursion into digital humanities. In past years, he and his students have produced an e-book guide based on Joyce’s Dubliners, a multi-media tour depicting Dublin in 1922 also inspired by Ulysses, and an interactive digital guide to accompany Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art exhibition on Ireland’s Arts and Crafts movement.

In game screenshot from Joycestick


Joycestick represents new ground, not just for Nugent and this group of students, but arguably for the teaching of literature. The possibilities and challenges of this approach – dubbed “gamefiction” by the Joycestick group – spark the kind of discussions that lie at the heart of liberal arts education, says Nugent, who has seen his vocation as a Joyce scholar metamorphose in a relatively brief period.

Professor Nugent’s interests lie at the confluence of Irish Studies, Joyce Studies, and the Digital Humanities. His Digital Humanities courses explore ways in which GIS and off-the-shelf digital text analysis tools can enhance students’ experience of space, actual and literary. He is currently managing an Advanced Topic Seminar exploring VR and immersive technologies. Professor Nugent's technological projects exploit Joyce's texts as windows onto the social and cultural life of fin-de-siecle Dublin. This classroom-laboratory approach has generated products such as the iPhone app, JoyceWays, the e-book Digital Dubliners, and the Dubliners Bookshelf. His digital guide and his 3D immersion experience appeared in Making it Irish, at the McMullen Museum in 2016, and in Boston College Ireland.

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