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Neil Randall

What are you currently reading?

Simulation theory; digital game theory; histories of WWII; histories of ancient warfare; cybertheory, Tolkien.

What are your favourite texts?

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings;
  2. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose;
  3. Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach;
  4. The Beatles, full corpus
  5. Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 7-season TV show
  6. Alexander Pope, The Dunciad.

What are the top five texts that you find to be the most useful for teaching?

  1. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  2. Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
  3. Timothy Findley, Not Wanted on the Voyage
  4. Gunther Kress & Theo van Leeuwen, Reading Images
  5. Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman, Rules of Play

What texts have you had the most fun researching?

  1. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  2. Tom Holland, Rubicon
  3. David Glantz and Jonathan House, When Titans Clashed
  4. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  5. Mordecai Richler, St. Urbain's Horseman

What would you be if you weren't an English professor?

Designing games, working with startup companies, and wishing I was an English professor