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Walker, Alison
February 2nd, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Graduate Student, English Department, UCLA

Alison WalkerAlison Walker is a doctoral student in the English Department at UCLA. She received a master’s degree in English from UC Riverside. Alison focuses her studies on theories of new media and medieval literature. Her areas of interest include explorations into pre- and postmodern reading culture, the Old English elegies, anchoritic literature, medievalism, and theories of affect. Alison recently published an article called “Destabilizing Order, Challenging History: Octavia Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, and Affective Beginnings” in the Spring 2005 issue of Extrapolation. Currently she is writing an article about the 1922 silent film, Häxan, forthcoming in a collection on medievalism. Alison co-authored an interactive fictional narrative called The Many Voices of Saint Caterina of Pedemonte.

Recently Alison worked with the Computer Science department at UCLA in creating a piece of locative interactive fiction called Nan0sphere.

 Links:      The Many Voices of Saint Caterina of Pedemonte

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