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The Creation of iGiselle

Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games

The unusual marriage of Romantic ballet and artificial intelligence is an intriguing idea that led a team of interdisciplinary researchers to design iGiselle, a video game prototype. Scholars in the fields of literature, physical education, music, design, and computer science collaborated to revise the tragic narrative of the nineteenth-century ballet Giselle, allowing players to empower the heroine for possible "feminine endings." The eight interrelated chapters chronicle the origin, development, and fruition of the project. Dancers, gamers, and computer specialists will all find something original that will stimulate their respective interests.

Contributors: Vadim Bulitko, Wayne DeFehr, Christina Gier, Pirkko Markula, Mark Morris, Sergio Poo Hernandez, Emilie St. Hilaire, Nora Foster Stovel, Laura Sydora

About the Authors

Nora Foster Stovel is Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta, where she specializes in literature in English and ballet. She has published on Jane Austen, D.H. Lawrence, Margaret Drabble, Carol Shields, and Margaret Laurence.


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"The field of Game Studies is a relatively new discipline with exciting emergent research. Uniquely, this project focuses on a type of dance narrative design that unfolds the story procedurally, based on players' choices and the emotional arc of the game experience. Additionally, this is the first game where the narrative of a specific ballet has been used for the base story."—JoDee Allen, Game and Movement Designer

"The scholarship contained within this work is multidisciplinary and seeks to elaborate on how one cultural object is related to different fields."—Jonathan Osborn, Dancer and Choreographer

"iGiselle brings ballet into the burgeoning field of immersive dance video games by rethinking the intersections between gender, narrative, and technology."—Allana C. Lindgren, Associate Professor, University of Victoria

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Jane Austen & Company

Bruce Stovel, edited by Nora Stovel, introduction by Juliet McMaster, afterword by Isobel Grundy
Mar 2011 - Gutteridge Books, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
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Jane Austen Sings the Blues

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Jan 2018 - University of Alberta Press
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Gerald R. Lishka, foreword by Kyra Nichols
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The Rite of Spring at 100

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