Gabriel Elvery

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Research title: Pieces of Heart: Video Games, Affect and The Digital Fantastic

Research Summary

Gabe is researching the Fantastic in single-player, narrative-driven video games. Their project will explore whether its effective use facilitates affective engagement with digital fantasy worlds and whether this digital affect has the potential to impact the emotional wellbeing of players in their off-screen lives. Gabe’s research will develop a new kind of reader reception theory by investigating whether literary analysis of video games has practical applications and corresponds with the experiences of players. The end result will make available a fuller understanding of the affordances, implications and impact of the Digital Fantastic.

Gabe’s research interests include the following fields:

-              Game Studies

-              Fantasy Theory

-              Fan Studies

-              Parasocial relationships

-              Reception Theory

-              Affect in literature and new media


- First Person Scholar (2021), Cinders and Fantasies of Womanhood

- Elvery G. (2022) Parasocial Phenomena in Video Games. In: Lee N. (eds) Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games. Springer, Cham.

- Elvery G. (2022) Of Heroes and Heartbreak: Digital Fantasy and Metaphors of Affect in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Mapping the Impossible. 1(1). 14 - 35.



- University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab: 08/2020, £100, Digital Heroisms Symposium

- University of Glasgow: 2017 - 2018 Alexander and Dixon Scholarship (Bryce Bequest) Fantasy MLitt

- University of Glasgow: 2019 - 2024  Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Scholarship



Digital Heroisms Symposium, August 2020


- GIFCON, 2018: 'The instability of knowledge: Three types of fear in the works of H.P. Lovecraft'

- Ludic Literature: The Converging Interests of Writing, Games and Play, (funded by SGSAH), 2019: 'Fantasy Video Games and Affect'

- This PhD Life, Jan 2021: Managing Self-Care in Academia

-CLiC: Play - A Contemporary Literary Cultures Special Interest Group Symposium, 2021: The Digital Fantastic, Play as Hesitation

Panels Chaired:

- Afterlives: College of Arts Annual Postgraduate Conference, 2020: Spectres of Memory: Haunted Histories and Fantastic Temporalities




- PGCE with QTS (distinction)


Teaching Posts:

- GTA for Student Learning and Development at The University of Glasgow (February 2021 - Present)


Taught Courses:


- Kindness as Praxis Summer School: Study Skills and Mental Health (July 2021)

- Transition to Glasgow Elective: Let's Play with Academia - Using Video Games to Understand Close Analysis (August 2021)


Guest Lectures


- Erasmus University Rotterdam: Academic subjectivity - Ways of thinking about feeling (March 2021)

- University of Worcester, Hypermedia: Creative Writing in a Digital World: Theory Informed Creative Practice (April 2021)



 - University of Glasgow: Critical writing for MLitt EngLit (October 2021)

Additional Information


- Member of the University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab

 - Vice Editor at Press Start Student Journal (August 2020 - February 2022).

Organisational Committees

- Co-organiser of the Caledonian Game Studies Reading Group (January 2019 - Present)