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Keywords for Video Game Studies series: “Mixed Realism: Videogames and the Violence of Fiction”

Please join us for the third in a series of lectures:

Keywords for Video Game Studies

Speaker series

Third lecture: Violence

Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: PLC (Prince Lucien Campbell) 180, University of Oregon


“Mixed Realism: Videogames and the Violence of Fiction” with Timothy Welsh

This presentation offers a fresh perspective on videogame violence by placing it in the context of the literary. It will demonstrate an innovative critical methodology, “mixed realism,” through a comparison of Rockstar’s brutal anti-Western Red Dead Redemption and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. The talk suggests a way to “read” across the tenuous boundary between  the fictional and the real in order to better understand the role of virtual environments in contemporary culture.

Timothy J. Welsh is an assistant professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans where he teaches in the Film + Digital Media concentration. His scholarly interests include digital media and culture, videogames, contemporary fiction, and critical theory.

An image of the flyer is shown below. PDF version here. We hope to see you there!

Poster for event

Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and English. Series also sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the New Media and Culture Certificate program, Environmental Studies, the LGBTQIA Scholars Academic Residence Community, and UO Think.Play. For more information: or contact Dr. Edmond Y. Chang at