Chuck Caruso, Marylhurst UniversityDr. Chuck Caruso, English faculty, presents at several conferences across the country in 2014 in a relatively new area for academia – video game theory.

In March 2014, Chuck Caruso presented Reimagining Textual Space in Valve’s Portal Series at the Society for Textual Scholarship Conference in Seattle.

In April 2014, he presented The Hermeneutics of Detection in Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Chicago. This paper analyzes how long-standing traditions of “fair play” in detective fiction inform the hermeneutics of detection in L.A. Noire. It also considers how the genre of detective fiction intersects with new narrative structures made available in video games.

In October, Dr. Caruso will present Killing Without Death in Wars Without Conflict: Exploring the Paradoxical Fantasies of Military First-Person Shooter (FPS) Video Games at the 39th annual meeting of the Semiotics Society of America in Seattle. In this presentation, he examines how Call of Duty and similar military FPS games embody the multi-faceted paradoxes of life and art/entertainment in the digital age.

Chuck Caruso, 19th-century Americanist and textual scholar, teaches in the Department of English at Marylhurst University. Read his recent contribution to the Marylhurst blog on What Video Game Theory Can Do for Academia.