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Zach Whalen - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Zach Whalen Zach Whalen

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Associate Professor of Communication Studies at University of Mary Washington

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Zach Whalen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication where his teaching focuses on the critical study and practice of digital media in a variety of genres, including video games, electronic literature, comics, and other media. He has published journal articles and scholarly essays on video games, including an article in Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research, and book chapters on Silent Hill, Grand Theft Auto, and early game consoles. With Laurie N. Taylor, Zach Whalen is the co-editor of Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2008.

Areas of Expertise (2)

Digital Media Video Games

Education (3)

University of Florida: Ph.D., Post-Graduate Studies

University of Florida: M.A., Graduate Studies

Carson-Newman College: B.A., Undergraduate Studies

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Whalen Presents at MLA Conference

Eagle Eye  online

2014-01-15

Zach Whalen, Assistant Professor of English, participated in three events at the recent Modern Language Association conference in Chicago. On Jan. 10, 2014, he was part of a reading of electronic literature, where he and colleagues read from twitter bots in a “Bot Choral.” On Jan. 11, 2014, he was a panelist on the roundtable discussion “Electronic Literature after Flash.” His remarks were titled “Lexia to Perplexia (2000-2013)” and addressed the obsolescence of a key piece of second-generation electronic literature. On Jan. 12, 2014, he presented the paper “Ebooks, Typography, and Twitter Art” in the session “Lit Misbehavin.” This paper addressed the poetics of twitter bots.

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UMW Converges Time and Technology in 80s Exhibit

University of Mary Washington  online

2015-04-15

The University of Mary Washington converged time and technology with its interactive “Console Living Room” exhibit, a collection of 1980s technology that was on display through May 2015. Featuring more than 100 video games, movies and technologies, the exhibit was arranged within a 1980s living room set-up.

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