Visualizing plot in 3D

Teresa Dobson, Piotr Michura, Stan Ruecker

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Abstract

We describe the design of several new forms of interactive 3D visualizations, to be used in teaching the concept of plot in fiction. Conventional approaches to teaching plot tend to rely on a Victorian visualization known as Freytag's Pyramid, which is well suited to a certain range of material but is not appropriate for all fiction currently being taught. Our new visualizations have the potential to allow teachers and students to explore different approaches to understanding plot. We focus in particular on three visual strategies, each of which describes significant features such as characters, objects, events, and transitions in space and time, while respectively emphasizing recurring elements in a primarily sequential structure, complexity of structure, and centrality of some designated feature or features. The technical aspects of the visualizations emerge from the availability of digital text that can be encoded for plot elements using XML.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Digital Society, ICDS 2010, Includes CYBERLAWS 2010
Subtitle of host publicationThe 1st International Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of the e-Society
Pages285-289
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Digital Society, ICDS 2010, Includes CYBERLAWS 2010: 1st International Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of the e-Society - St. Maarten
Duration: Feb 10 2010Feb 16 2010

Publication series

Name4th International Conference on Digital Society, ICDS 2010, Includes CYBERLAWS 2010: The 1st International Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of the e-Society

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Digital Society, ICDS 2010, Includes CYBERLAWS 2010: 1st International Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of the e-Society
CitySt. Maarten
Period2/10/102/16/10

Keywords

  • Literary education
  • Narrative
  • Plot
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Law

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