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The Big Model in Academia

I've just been pointed to a Master's thesis that references the Big Model (on p30 with diagrams). It's a rather funky presentation for a thesis and it is in French. The title, in translation, is 'Roleplaying, a literary medium?'

Here's the final part of the conclusion in rough translation.

The appearance of the roleplaying medium is not, as is often the case, due to technological developments but instead adapts what already exists to a new need to interact with readers: the author is at the service of the receiver and accepts to give up his authority: the chance to create the plot and the keys to the diegetic space.

Therefore roleplaying does away with the author/reader dichotomy because, for the first time in the history of literature, it destroys these functions and creates a new hierarchy that shares between all the participants the stages of the literary process.

The author is dead! Long live the author!

So nothing ground shaking there but I suppose it's nice to see the work of the Forge recognised by Academia.

There's an interview with the author on the French roleplaying portal Guide du Roliste Galactique. She got a mark of 16/20.

I would have posted this to the Forge but it doesn't seem to have anywhere I can put it now that the theory forums have closed.


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Apr. 9th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
The theory forums have closed? Did they reach a sublime accord and find that they could go no further?
Apr. 11th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
That's pretty much it. Now we never have to worry about it again.
Apr. 12th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Now I wish my French reading skills were slightly better than they are.

Strangely enough, the bibliography doesn't mention any modern story games that could support her thesis. The Storyteller system, which seems to be one of the core works, certainly doesn't do away with the author, on the contrary.

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