Literature interpretation

Literature classes are often not very visual. Creating virtual spaces about works read in class makes them more vivid and engaging.

Ways to use it

You can make literature three-dimensional in several ways.

  • Summary:
    Let your students reduce a fictional work to a procession of simple, exemplary scenes – or even condense the plot so much that it can be represented by one 3D space.
  • Setting:
    With CoSpaces you can build settings in 3D. This is especially interesting for theater plays: students can create stage designs and explore them life-sized in VR. Building and visiting a place from a novel can also be interesting, especially if it has an important role.
  • Figure constellation:
    Just like in a family constellation, students can use CoSpaces to portray the relations between the characters of a literary work: Who is close to whom? Which alliances are there? With the VR feature, it’s even possible to take on a character’s point of view in that constellation.

Information

Complexity

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Benefits

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Foster divergent thinking

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Train to process and display information

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Improve computer literacy

What you need

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Examples

Preview image of the 'Lord of the Flies' space.

Lord of the Flies

A model of the island described in William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies"

Preview image of the 'Death of a Salesman' space.

Death of a Salesman

A representation of the relations and conflicts in Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman"

Preview image of the 'Romeo and Juliet summary' space.

Romeo and Juliet summary

A visual summary of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet"

Preview image of the 'Romeo and Juliet stage design' space.

Romeo and Juliet stage design

A stage design for a scene from "Romeo and Juliet"

Preview image of the 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' space.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A reproduction of the chocolate factory from Roald Dahl’s book, including the characters

How to do it

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The challenge with literature interpretation in 3D often doesn’t lie in how to build the scenes – but how to create a concept for them. Especially when it comes to plot summaries and figure constellations, you need to have a good understanding of the text and be able to think in abstract terms in order to translate literature into 3D images.

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With set-building it is the other way around: It’s a lot easier to come up with a place than to create it in detail. Since you won’t find every object ready-built, you should get familiar with the possibilities to customize objects and put them together.

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Literature plays with different perspectives. The same can be done with CoSpaces. Something that is a secret in the novel might be put in a box in the visual interpretation. Or people that never get each others’ point of view could be placed back to back in the 3D figure constellation.

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To explore perspectives, virtual reality is a very interesting possibility. With it, you can experience a literary setting from the inside or even take on the point of view of one of the characters.