Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Duncan A Buell


This thesis is a presentation of the design and development of a novel computational artifact: the educational videogame Desperate Fishwives, which harnesses the idea of procedural rhetoric to instruct players on aspects of early modern (cc. 17th century) English life. Herein is detailed the validity of using games as rhetorical and educational devices and the process of designing a game to reflect a particular client's pedagogical style and interpretation of history. This thesis, using the ideas of procedural rhetoric, procedural literacy, and expressive processing, seeks to bridge the gaps between humanities, rhetoric, and software development.