Group Project #3: “playing” novels

Our third and final group project will be devoted to “playing” fiction. That is, we will transform Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye into a role-playing game using the Ivanhoe theme for WordPress. The site is here, so get busy choosing a character, and then navigate to the site to create your character and, hopefully make your first “move” prior to Thursday. We will play the novel in a markedly unbounded way, making at least 4 “moves” each in character and then, well, walking away:


Students will be evaluated (individually this time, not as a team) according to the following criteria:

minimum requirements:

  • Each player must complete a minimum of four moves (responses to moves and moves are the same for evaluation purposes)
  • Punctuality counts: see due dates on syllabus
  • Each move should be paired with a “rationale.” Rationales must include any cites (page #s in Norton + anything else you consulted presented in MLA style)

Your body of work as a whole will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • creativity: Do you create an engaging voice that captures the style of the persona? Do you link your moves to central themes of the text, helping us to think differently about the original?
  • research: Do your moves show evidence of close engagement with the original text and/or secondary literature on the text (e.g., biographies, critical articles, documents of cultural history)? Do you cite your work in the “rationale” space in a clear, responsible manner?
  • reflectiveness: Do you provide cogent rationales for your moves that explain what your performances “in character” mean in literary critical terms?

Here are a couple of examples:

And here’s this year’s project, in which the entire class collaborated on playing Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.