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Noah Wardrip-Fruin is Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz..[1] He is an alumnus of the Literary Arts MFA program and Special Graduate Study PhD program at Brown University. In addition to his research in digital media, computer games, and software studies, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization.[2]

Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Nationality American
Field Digital Media and Interactive Fiction
Works Grand Text Auto, First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game



Wardrip-Fruin's twinned research track -- arts and humanities on the one hand and computer science on the other -- is reflected in the table of the contents ofThe New Media Reader, which he co-edited with Nick Montfort.[3] He has also co-edited a series of new media textbooks and anthologies with Pat Harrigan: First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game (2004) as well as Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media (2007) and Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives (2009), all of which have been influential in the development of new media studies.

His collaborative works of electronic literature in installation form include Talking Cure (with Camille Utterback, Clilly Castiglia, and Nathan Wardrip-Fruin; 2002), which includes live video processing, speech recognition, and a dynamically composed sound environment[4] and Screen (with Sascha Becker, Josh Carroll, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, and Andrew McClain; 2003), which was created in the Cave at Brown University[5]. He has also collaborated on what he calls "two textual instruments": News Reader[6] and Regime Change (with David Durand, Brion Moss, and Elaine Froehlich) [7]. He also created Gray Matters[8] with Michael Crumpton, Chris Spain and Kristin Allio (1995-97).

His single-authored book, Expressive Processing, was published by MIT Press in 2009.[9]


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  3. ^ Wardrip-Fruin, Noah, and Nick Montfort, eds. The New Media Reader. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.
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External links

Personal website

Expressive Intelligence Studio Blog at UC Santa Cruz

Article on Noah's new book Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies

Reviews of The New Media Reader

"Talk Time" (Interview with Hamish Mackintosh for The Guardian (June 5, 2003))

Uncharted 2’s Sloppy Fiction

See also



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