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The Resource As if : modern enchantment and the literary prehistory of virtual reality, Michael Saler

As if : modern enchantment and the literary prehistory of virtual reality, Michael Saler

Label
As if : modern enchantment and the literary prehistory of virtual reality
Title
As if
Title remainder
modern enchantment and the literary prehistory of virtual reality
Statement of responsibility
Michael Saler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Many people throughout the world "inhabit" imaginary worlds communally and persistently, parsing Harry Potter and exploring online universes. These activities might seem irresponsibly escapist, but history tells another story. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, when Sherlock Holmes became the world's first "virtual reality" character, readers began to colonize imaginary worlds, debating serious issues and viewing reality in provisional, "as if" terms rather than through essentialist, "just so" perspectives. From Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Tolkien's Middle-earth to the World of Warcraft and Second Life, As If provides a cultural history that reveals how we can remain enchanted but not deluded in an age where fantasy and reality increasingly intertwine."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Saler, Michael T.
Dewey number
823/.08760908
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.F34
LC item number
S17 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fantastic, The, in literature
  • Virtual reality in literature
  • Marvelous, The, in literature
  • Imaginary societies in literature
Label
As if : modern enchantment and the literary prehistory of virtual reality, Michael Saler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Living in the imagination -- Delight without delusion: the new romance, spectacular texts, and public spheres -- Clap if you believe in Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle and animistic reason -- From "virtual unreality" to virtual reality: H.P. Lovecraft and public spheres of the imagination -- The middle positions of middle-earth: J.R.R. Tolkien and factionalism
Control code
708243764
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 283 pages
Isbn
9780195343168
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011010276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)708243764
Label
As if : modern enchantment and the literary prehistory of virtual reality, Michael Saler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Living in the imagination -- Delight without delusion: the new romance, spectacular texts, and public spheres -- Clap if you believe in Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle and animistic reason -- From "virtual unreality" to virtual reality: H.P. Lovecraft and public spheres of the imagination -- The middle positions of middle-earth: J.R.R. Tolkien and factionalism
Control code
708243764
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 283 pages
Isbn
9780195343168
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011010276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)708243764

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